Showing posts with label DENTAL FACTS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DENTAL FACTS. Show all posts

10 Most Interesting Dental Facts !!

  • 38.5 = the total days an average person spends brushing teeth over a lifetime.
  • Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least six (6) feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush. 
  • The number of cavities in the average mouth is down and people are keeping their teeth longer.   People, on average, have healthier mouths than even 10 years ago.  Specifically:

    ---The decline in tooth decay was greatest among kids but holds across every age group. 
    ---Only 40% of  young people age 6 to 19 had ever in their lives had cavities.  That’s down from 50% a decade ago.
    ---Over the last ten years the proportion of people age 60 who’d lost all their teeth had decreased from 33% to 25%.
    ---Use of dental sealants, which block tooth decay on the chewing surfaces of kids’ vulnerable molars, was up 64%.  30% of kids had had at least one sealed tooth.
    ---Adults with post-high-school degrees had an average of three more teeth than those without a high school diploma.
    ---Smokers remain three times more likely than non-smokers to lose all their teeth.  This figure has not changed from a decade ago.
    ---Socio-economic status plays a definite role in one’s general and dental health....33% of low-income adults have untreated decay.  This compared with 16% of middle- and higher-income adults.  19% of kids living in poverty have untreated decay compared with 8% of wealthier kids.
  • More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.
  • The teeth whitening toothpastes that claim to whiten your teeth have been found to be no more effective than their normal counterparts. 
  • Two 'Fs': Fluoride (use fluoride toothpaste daily) Frequency (avoid frequent snacking between meals).....this is the "practical way to help avoid dental decay. 
  • More than 300 types of bacteria make up dental plaque. 
  • 90% of systemic disease have oral manifestations. 
  • Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different  .
  • The popular practice of placing a cap on toothbrush head actually favors bacterial growth on it as moisture is increased in enclosed containers favoring the growth of bacteria. 

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