You brush your teeth every day, but how much do you really know about that part of your body? Here are some wild facts about your mouth.
- Your teeth are different from everyone else’s.
Just like a fingerprint, the imprint of your teeth is unique to you. This is why dental records are incredibly helpful in identifying human remains and in criminal investigations.
This goes for your tongue as well. Remember that when you catch your children licking the car window, and they won’t admit who did it.
- Your teeth are built like an iceberg.
That is to say, there is more beneath the surface than above. About one third of your teeth are below the gum line. This is why it’s incredibly important to have healthy gums. You can keep your gums healthy, and your smile beautiful by visiting your Brooklyn dentist twice a year.
- Teeth are tough.
The enamel that surrounds and protects your teeth is the hardest part of your body. But it can still chip and crack. Sugary and acidic foods can wear away the enamel and damage your teeth.
- Your mouth is home to 300 kinds of bacteria.
Plaque has millions of bacterial in it, and can have up to 300 different types. This can cause all sorts of problems from gingivitis to simply bad breath. Great oral hygiene is your best defense to keeping your mouth free from gross bacteria.
- You make a liter of spit a day.
The average person will produce 40,000 liters of spit in their lifetime. That’s the size of a small pond! Or just over 10,000 bottles of soda!
Your spit is useful in helping you chew and swallow food. It has enzymes that help with digestion and flushes food that sometimes gets stuck in your mouth away.