1. Human bones are ounce for ounce, stronger than steel : Enamel is the strongest material in the human body.  Despite being strong it is also brittle.  Like a dinner plate, tooth enamel is almost pure ceramic.  What keeps it from shattering is the equivalent of an inbuilt shock absorber called dentin.
  2. During the Middle Ages a common mouth rinse was made by boiling dog’s teeth in wine.  There is no record of its efficacy in preventing decay.  Fortunately we do know that mouth rinses today are effective at increasing resistance to caries if you keep the rinse in your mouth for at least 30 seconds, and preferably up to one minute.  It’s also a good idea not to drink anything afterwards for at least ½ hour.
  3. New born babies do not have tooth decay bacteria.  Research shows that transmission of the bacteria is via their care giver’s saliva, so parents and other care givers need to be very mindful of their own oral hygiene.
  4. A 2006 Swedish study has shown that the strongest predictor of poor oral health behaviour (defined as brushing less than twice per day) in adolescents, was male gender.
  5. Studies have shown that routine intake of dairy products may also help promote periodontal health. 
  6. Your mouth produces over 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime—that’s enough to fill two swimming pools. Saliva has many uses, including assisting you with your digestion and protects your teeth from bacteria in your mouth.
  7. “Keeping a stiff upper lip” could actually lead to bruxism.  The phrase means to keep your emotions in check, but hiding your emotions can lead to increased stress, and stress is a key factor in people clenching and grinding their teeth in their sleep.  Called bruxism, it can lead to unnatural tooth wear, loose teeth and painful, cracked tooth syndrome.
  8. Brushing your teeth immediately after consuming acidic foods or carbonated beverages can cause tooth erosion?  You should wait at least one hour to allow the teeth time to remineralise after the acid exposure.
  9. Dental floss has many uses.  It’s not just the best way to clean between the teeth, but it can also be used to slice cheese or repair a backpack when you’re in the middle of nowhere.
  10. Studies have shown that tea has anti-decay properties because of the tannins in the tea.   Tannins are also found in apples, chocolates and beer!
  11. In 2004 oral injuries sustained during tooth brushing accounted for 4,289 hopsital emergency visits in the USA.  It’s the amount of time your spend brushing your teeth, not the amount of force you use, that is most important.
  12. It is important to limit the amount fruit juice given to children because too much increases the acidity in the mouth, which accelerates tooth decay.

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