Fun Dental Facts

Fun Facts are unattributed bits of information. Questions? Contact Director of Communications and Membership, Rene Chapin.

The average American spends 38.5 total days brushing their teeth over a lifetime.

People who drink 3 or more glasses of soda each day have 62% more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss    than others. Put down the pop and sports drinks and pick up some nice fresh water instead.

Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. However, we do not recommend that you use your pearly whites to open bottle caps!

If you don’t floss, you miss cleaning 40% of your tooth surfaces. Make sure you brush and floss twice a day!

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.

Every year, kids in North America spend close to half a million dollars on chewing gum.

More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.

Like fingerprints, everyone's tongue print is different

The average woman smiles 62 times a day. The average man smiles about 8 times a day. Kids laugh around 400 times a day, adults just 15 times a day

Just like finger prints, tooth prints are unique to each individual.

The average person only brushes for 45 to 70 seconds a day, the recommended amount of time is 2-3 minutes.

78% of Americans have had at least 1 cavity by age 17.

1882 was the year commercial floss was first manufactured.

More than 300 types of bacteria make up dental plaque.

There are 10-12 teaspoons of sugar in a single can of soda.

The average amount of money left by the tooth fairy in 1950 was 25 cents. In 1988 it was $1.00, the going rate now is $2.00.

The earliest dentist known by name is Hesi-Re. He lived in Egypt over 5,000 years ago.

The first toothbrushes were tree twigs. Chewing on the tips of the twigs spread out the fibers, which were then used to clean the teeth

Ancient Greeks used pumice, talc, alabaster, coral powder or iron rust as toothpaste.

George Washington never had wooden teeth. His dentures were made from gold, hippopotamus tusk, elephant ivory and human teeth!

In 1905, Dental Assistant Irene Newman was trained to clean teeth. She became the first Dental Hygienist.

The average woman smiles 62 times a day. The average man smiles about 8 times a day. Kids laugh around 400 times a day, adults just 15 times a day

Just like finger prints, tooth prints are unique to each individual.

The average person only brushes for 45 to 70 seconds a day, the recommended amount of time is 2-3 minutes.

78% of Americans have had at least 1 cavity by age 17.

1882 was the year commercial floss was first manufactured.

More than 300 types of bacteria make up dental plaque.

There are 10-12 teaspoons of sugar in a single can of soda.

The average amount of money left by the tooth fairy in 1950 was 25 cents. In 1988 it was $1.00, the going rate now is $2.00.

The earliest dentist known by name is Hesi-Re. He lived in Egypt over 5,000 years ago.

The first toothbrushes were tree twigs. Chewing on the tips of the twigs spread out the fibers, which were then used to clean the teeth

Ancient Greeks used pumice, talc, alabaster, coral powder or iron rust as toothpaste.

George Washington never had wooden teeth. His dentures were made from gold, hippopotamus tusk, elephant ivory and human teeth!

In 1905, Dental Assistant Irene Newman was trained to clean teeth. She became the first Dental Hygienist.