By info
September 26, 2011
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I bet you didn't think it was possible, but here are a few dental fun facts that may find you saying "Wow, I didn't know that!"

  • Each person's set of teeth is unique - much like their fingerprints - even in identical twins.

  • Some cheeses have been found to protect teeth from decay.

  • The Mexican version of the Tooth Fairy is known as the Tooth Mouse, which takes the tooth and leaves treasures in its place.

  • If you're right handed, you will chew your food on your right side. If you're left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.

  • The major causes of tooth loss in people under age 35 are sports, accidents and fights.

  • George Washington's dentures were made from walrus, hippopotamus, and cows' teeth, as well as elephant tusks.

  • The most valuable tooth was one a nobleman purchased - belonging to the famous scientists Isaac Newton - for $4,560. It was set in a ring.

  • In 200 AD, the Romans used a mixture of bones, eggshells, oyster shells and honey to clean their teeth.

  • Queen Elizabeth I's teeth were noticeably discolored. A German traveler, Paul Henter, speculated that the discoloration was due to the Queen's excessive consumption of sugar, making the first recorded association between sugar and tooth decay.

  • The second most common disease in the United States is tooth decay. The first is the common cold.

Animal Chompers 

  • Ants can lift an object up to fifty times their body-weight and carry it over their heads. They don't do this with their feet, but with their mouths.

  • Crocodiles don't clean their own teeth - they let a plover (little bird) pick their teeth for scraps of leftover food.

  • The largest toothed mammal in the world is the sperm whale. A whale's lower jaw, measuring 16'5" long, is exhibited in the British Museum of Natural History in London. The whale it belonged to reportedly measured 84 feet in length.

  • A snail can have about 25,000 teeth (on its tongue).

  • Horses teeth are extremely long and grow continually. They wear down, change shape and become discolored as they grow, so we can really tell a horse's age by looking at his teeth.

  •  A shark's teeth are literally as hard as steel.

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