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General Dentistry

Fun Facts From Dentists

November 10, 2022

So many people are afraid of going to the dentist. We get a reputation for being scary people holding drills, but in reality, we just want to help! Our job is fascinating, and we believe dentistry is fun. For that reason, we are sharing some fun facts about your teeth and methods of cleaning them to show you just how interesting our bodies can be!

  1. There is more bacteria in your mouth than there are people on this earth. We know, that sounds crazy. But it’s true! And what’s crazier is that having bacteria in your mouth isn’t necessarily a bad thing. There are healthy bacteria and unhealthy bacteria, so removing every last bit of bacteria isn’t actually beneficial.
  2. Teeth cannot heal themselves. Most of our body has regenerative properties that allow us to heal. From cuts and bruises to broken bones, our bodies can normally repair themselves. But teeth are a different story. Teeth do not share these same properties, and that’s why keeping up with your dental checkups are so important. 
  3. Our teeth are bigger than we can tell. Did you know that the part of your teeth that you can see past the gums makes up about one-third of the actual size of your tooth? Our teeth are deeply rooted into our gums, keeping them solidly planted in our mouths. 
  4. Taste buds have a short lifespan. They live for around 10 days, and you get new ones every 1-2 weeks! Additionally, we all have a different amount of taste buds. 
  5. Flossing is good for your health. Making sure that you floss everyday has been proven to increase health. People who floss can potentially extend their life by up to six years because they can avoid harmful diseases better. 
  6. Smiling is more common amongst women. Odd but true, women smile more times in a day than men do. 
  7. Brushing your teeth daily is important. We all know this one, and it may seem obvious, but do you know why it’s so important to brush everyday? Bacteria grow faster in wet environments. Your mouth produces and grows so much bacteria in a day that in order to maintain dental hygiene and personal health, brushing and flossing is incredibly important. 
  8. You should brush your teeth for around two minutes. This might feel like a long time, but in the grand scheme of your day, it’s no time at all! On average, people spend about forty eight seconds brushing their teeth, which means they are completing less than half of what they need to in order to keep their teeth clean.

Dentistry doesn’t have to be scary, and keeping good oral hygiene can do more for you than giving you fresh breath. Before you give in to fear and reschedule your next dentist appointment, remember that your teeth are an amazing part of your body! They hold many surprises, and we know the best way to keep them healthy and happy! Apple Tree Dental is here to keep you smiling, so give us a call and schedule a teeth cleaning appointment today!