In our latest blog, we talked about some unbelievable facts about teeth in general.
Who could believe that there are fish with teeth sharp enough to chew on coral reef rocks, or that a beautiful deer could have some of the largest canine teeth in the animal kingdom!
In this blog, we’re bringing you even more amazing facts about teeth! This time, by popular demand, we will focus on a list of 15 facts about human teeth and mouths.
You probably won’t believe some of these! Buckle up, and let’s begin!
1. Did you know that the human mouth produces more than 25,000 quarts of saliva during a lifetime? That’s enough to fill two swimming pools!
2. George Washington’s infamous wooden teeth were actually made from gold, hippopotamus tusk, elephant ivory, and other human teeth!
3. Kids in North America spend nearly half a million dollars a year on chewing gum.
4. In Korean, wisdom teeth are called “love teeth” to reflect the pain of first love.
5. Teeth start forming when a baby is still in the womb. And yet, they only start showing up about six months after a baby is born!
6. On average, people spend around 38 days in their lifetime brushing their teeth.
7. In the Civil War, soldiers were required to have four front teeth so they could open a gunpowder pouch. Some people had their front teeth removed to avoid service!
8. Teeth are unique to any human, just like fingertips.
9. The first-ever toothpaste was made by the Egyptians about 5,000 years ago.
10. “Bluetooth” technology was named after the Danish King Harald Blatand, who was very fond of blueberries. Legend says that after consuming so many of them, his teeth were stained blue. That’s why the Bluetooth logo consists of his initials in the Scandinavian runes alphabet.
11. Your tooth enamel is rock-hard! In fact, it is the hardest substance in the human body.
12. Firefighters used to dip their beards in water and breathe through the wet hairs clenched between their teeth to protect themselves from carbon monoxide caused by fires!
13. In the ancient Mayan civilization, men used to make small holes on their teeth and fit them with gemstones, because they believed they looked prettier that way.
14. The average woman smiles 62 times a day. The average man smiles only about 8 times a day.
15. The earliest dentist ever known lived in Egypt about 5,000 ago, right around when the first toothpaste was made (go figure). His name is Hesi-Re.
As you can see, human teeth have some amazing stories, facts and properties beyond just the usual tooth truths you hear at the dentist’s office. Did we miss any other bizarre story about teeth? Be sure to share it with us on Facebook!