Fun Dental Facts

Written by Heather Siler

Female patients leave nicer reviews regarding their treatment in dental offices than men

Male patients don’t get as upset about longer wait times than females

A woman’s tongue is stronger than a man’s

50% of women develop gingivitis during pregnancy

86% of women versus 66% of men brush twice daily or more

Tuesday is the most popular appointment day while Friday is the least popular

January is the most popular appointment month

47% of people notice a person’s smile when first meeting

Dreaming about losing your teeth is one of the most common dreams

Toothbrushes should be kept at least 6 feet from the toilet because after flushing the bacteria can travel that far

The average American spends 38 days brushing their teeth over a lifetime

14 million gallons of toothpaste are purchased each year

Most people purchase 18 yards of dental floss per year when they should be buying and utilizing 122 yards

Flossing once per day can increase your life expectancy by six years

People prefer blue toothbrushes over red

We produce 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime- enough to fill two swimming pools

The strongest muscle in the body is the tongue-relative to its size, and it’s the only muscle attached on one side only

The longest tongue on record is 3.86 inches from the tip to the back

85% of the population can roll their tongue

Taste is the weakest of the five senses

The hardest substance in the human body is enamel

Tooth decay (Cavities) is the most common childhood disease and the second most common overall disease after the common cold.

 If you clench your left thumb in your left fist, your gag reflex will quit working

An elephant’s tooth can weigh over 6-9 pounds

Biting down can exert 55 pounds of pressure on your front teeth and over 200 pounds on your back teeth

After eating or drinking acidic food or drinks, DO NOT BRUSH. The acidity in the food or drink must be neutralized before brushing. Rinsing with plain water is best.