- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- Studies have shown that routine intake of dairy products may
also help promote periodontal health.
- 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.
- “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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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!
- 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.
- 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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