An elephant in the wild consumes hundreds of pounds of vegetation every day. The elephant has 4 large molars that he uses to grind his food. They measure about 1 foot across in size and weigh between 8 and 10 pounds each! He has two on top and two below. They get used so much they are worn down to the gumline and drop out after about 10 years. They are replaced by new teeth. This happens about 6 times in their lifetime.
During the middle ages , you would have been advised to kiss a donkey to relieve a toothache.
Saliva helps you eat by breaking apart food particles. In an average lifetime, a person produces about 10,000 gallons of saliva.
George Washington, the first president of the United States had false teeth. Many dentists tried to make him false teeth. Some of his false teeth were made out of teeth from a cow, hippopotamus or walrus.
A shark has about 40 sets of teeth in its lifetime.
The enamel on a tooth is the hardest thing in the human body.
If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on your right side. If you are left handed then you will tend to chew your food on your left side.
The armadillo has as many as 104 teeth. It has more teeth than any other land animal.
The modern toothbrushes we use today were not invented until 1928. A long time ago people used twigs with frayed ends to clean their teeth. They would chew sticks. Even today, there are people in some areas of the world who take a twig from a type of bush called the “toothbrush bush” and use it to rub the plaque off of their teeth.
Laughing lowers levels of stress hormones and strengthens the immune system. Six year olds laugh an average of 300 times a day. Adults only laugh 15-100 times a day.
A Chinese dentist once built a tower out of 28,000 human teeth.
Did you know that when you chew only your lower jaw moves? Your upper jaw does not move while eating.
In an average lifetime a person produces about 10,000 gallons of saliva
Tooth Decay is the 2nd most common disease in the U.S. after the common cold.
In early Europe, it was a tradition to bury baby teeth that fell out. The tradition is still very much alive and well in Ireland and Great Britain, where it is common for young children to believe in the Tooth Fairy. When a child’s sixth tooth falls out, it is customary for the tooth fairy to slip a gift or money under the child’s pillow, but to leave the tooth as a reward for the child growing strong.
Rosemary Wells, a former professor at the Northwestern University Dental School, found evidence that supports the origin of different tooth fairies in the United States around 1900. Folklorist Tad Tuleja suggests postwar affluence, a child-directed family culture, and media turned the myth into a custom.
In 1900 the tooth fairy left an average of twelve cents. In 1998, the tooth fairy left an average of one dollar.Today the custom of leaving monetary gifts after teeth are lost varies grossly in amount left and depends entirely on socioeconomic of the homeowner. Recent surveys published in the American Dental Association’s monthly publication, “Ortho” shows that the average value received by children for a lost tooth is US$1.00/tooth, and ranges from US$0.25 to US$20.00. The largest gift was reported by a responder in Manhattan for a gift in the amount of US$1.2 million and included a sliding scale for each subsequent tooth lost. The ADA survey summary stated that the “per tooth” amount was found by surveying over 2 million children in the US during 2010 .