What an amazing and warm summer we are having. The kids are out of school, and the vacations begin.
Many of our patients use this time to get their kids in for their annual or six month check-ups.
Call us to book early and reserve your spot during summer holidays!
Some interesting dental trivia for you:
* Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body; however, we do NOT recommend that you use your pearly whites to open bottles!
* The plaque found on your teeth is home to more than 300 different species of bacteria. Listerine, anyone?
* The average person spends about 48 seconds per day brushing their teeth, but dentists recommend at least 2 or 3 minutes.
* 6 is the magic number–magic number of feet away from your toilet you should store your toothbrush in order to avoid airborne particles from toilet flushing making their way to your bristles, yuck!
* The common practice of placing a cap on your toothbrush is actually more detrimental–bacteria favor the moist environment, which increases reproduction.
* According to a recent survey by Time magazine, 59% of people would rather have a dental appointment than sit next to someone who is talking on a cell phone (and I don’t blame ‘em!)
* In China, in 1498, the first toothbrush with bristles was made, using hair from hogs, horses, and badgers. The first official commercial toothbrush was manufactured in 1938.
* A snail’s mouth is no larger than the head of a pin, but can contain over 25,000 teeth!
* In early America, blacksmiths often also served as dentists. How about a tooth filling to go with your new horse shoes?!
* In Egypt, mummies have been found with fillings comprised of resin and malachite, and gold wire was used to bind together loose teeth.
* The Romans, in 200 AD, used pretty impressive dental technology! They restored cavity-ridden teeth with gold crowns, and utilized fixed bridgework to fix gaps from missing teeth. They also used a form of toothpaste concocted from honey and crushed eggshells.
* In Medieval Germany, the only cure for a toothache was to kiss a donkey.
* 73% of Americans would rather go grocery shopping than floss.
* Like your fingerprints, everyone has a unique set of teeth. Even identical twins have different “dental fingerprints”!
* The stone-faced farmer in artist Grant Wood’s famous “American Gothic” painting was actually the artist’s dentist!
* Sports-related injuries account for approximately 5 million missing teeth per year, so make sure you wear a mouthguard, if you or your little ones are athletes.
* Contrary to popular belief, George Washington’s famous dentures weren’t made from wood. His four pairs of custom chompers were crafted from gold, ivory, lead and a mixture of human, donkey, and hippopotamus teeth (take care of yours and you won’t have to think about it!).
* The cotton candy making machine that made widely consumed cotton candy possible was co-invented by a dentist. Before it was cotton candy, the fluffy confection was called “fairy floss.”
Contact Wolf Willow Dental, Your West Edmonton Dentist !