Everyone in our office loves a little bit of trivia! In the spirit of getting ready for back to school, we thought we’d compile a list of fun facts we’ve batted around recently…let’s see if we can get your brain back a whir!
Here’s our team’s list of the top 25 fun facts…about your mouth! If you think of any we’ve forgotten, leave us a comment on our Facebook page! Our only hope is that some of the facts on this list allow you to win Jeopardy one day. So get reading!
- Without saliva, you wouldn’t be able to taste anything. You would also have a hard time chewing and swallowing food.
- Your fingerprint is not the only thing that makes you completely unique! Your teeth are also completely different than anyone else, as is your tongue print.
- The hardest substance in your body isn’t a bone—it’s your tooth enamel!
- Taste is the weakest of the five senses.
- On average, people have 9,000 taste buds. Interestingly, women have more taste buds than men.
- Teeth are like bones are classified as “being alive.” This means teeth have their own blood supply and nerves and can die.
- Not all taste buds are found on your tongue. There are a few on your lips and cheeks, too!
- The average person spends more than 38 days of their life brushing their teeth.
- Humans have two sets of teeth in their life: those commonly known as baby teeth and adult teeth. Compare that to sharks, who have more than 40 sets of teeth in a lifetime!
- The tongue is the only muscle in the human body attached by only one side.
- The inside of your mouth contains the same number of bacteria as there are people on earth.
- The ability to roll your tongue is not entirely genetic as it was once thought. Some experts believe that is a combination of both environmental and genetic factors that develop this trick.
- The tongue is comprised of eight different muscles, and relative to its size is the strongest muscle in the human body.
- It is possible (though not recommended) to get a tattoo on your teeth. This process works by stamping an image on a crown that is then placed over your molar.
- After the common cold, tooth decay is the second most common disease.
- In the American Civil War, soldiers were required to have at least four opposing front teeth so that they could open a gunpowder pouch. Some draftees had their front teeth removed to avoid service.
- You mouth produces over 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime—that’s enough to fill two swimming pools!
- Giraffes only have bottom teeth.
- More than 78% of Americans have had at least one cavity by age 17.
- If you’re right handed, you will tend to chew your food on your right side. If you’re left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.
- If your tooth gets knocked out it can only live for 15 minutes. That is why it is important to seek help immediately.
- What you see of your teeth when you open your mouth only represent two-thirds of your tooth. The remaining third is hidden below the gum line.
- Don’t drink pool water: chlorine can wear down tooth enamel.
- At least 35% of people are born without wisdom teeth.
- A ten-second kiss transfers 80 million bacteria from one person to the other.
Also published on Medium.