Random Dental Facts
Dental health is a commonly used practice full of facts that the average person does not know about. Dentistry is ranked as the fifth most trusted profession in America with dentists getting high marks from consumers for their interpersonal skills and delivery of quality care. However, only 20% of people are happy with their smile, even though 50% of people consider the smile to be the first facial feature they notice. Here are some more dental facts.
Americans spend $2 billion a year on dental products, this includes toothpaste, mouthwash and dental floss, yet 75% of Americans have some form of periodontal gum disease and 33% have untreated tooth decay. Periodontal gum disease is a disease that attacks the gum and bone around the teeth and in the worst case, teeth are lost. Tooth decay is the single most chronic childhood disease; it is five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever.
A simple routine exam can discover underlying illnesses and diseases such as HIV, oral cancer, eating disorders, diabetes or substance abuse. Two-thirds of dental hygienists can see signs of hypertension and heart disease in their patients after an examination. Oral health is linked to many diseases, so keeping your teeth healthy and getting routine checkups benefits your overall health.
An average person spends 38.5 days brushing their teeth over their lifetime, and with only two sets of teeth in a lifetime (baby teeth and permanent teeth), they are one of the most important parts of your body that need to be kept healthy. The enamel on the top surface on your tooth is the hardest part of your entire body, but that doesn’t mean they’re indestructible. However, if you do get your tooth knocked out, you can put it in milk and hold it in your mouth; this will help your tooth survive longer as you make your way to see a dentist.
With 32 permanent teeth, wisdom teeth included, more than 40% of people over the age of 65 no longer have all of their teeth. Teeth are used to talk, eat, and smile, so it’s important to keep them in prime condition.