About 90% of systemic diseases have oral manifestations. Clean teeth can help prevent a heart attack. It is known that inflammation in the body has an important role in the build up of clogged arteries leading to a heart attach. It is estimated that more than 75% of Americans have some form of periodontal disease. It's just one little part in staying healthy. Easy, cheap, and only takes 2 minute brushing and flossing morning and night.
The second most common disease in the United States is tooth decay. The first is the common cold.
The earliest record of tooth decay was described by the Sumarians as "tooth worms".
Historical evidence from 2700 BC shows the Chinese used acupuncture to treat tooth pain.
In the Middle Ages, people believed that dogs' teeth boiled in wine made an excellent mouth rinse for tooth decay.
During the Middle Ages, the popular belief was that you could grow a lost tooth by obtaining a tooth from someone else - ideally from a hanged criminal.
Some other common tooth remedies from ancient time include boiling earthworms in oil and place this worm oil in your ear. Also it was believed to make loose teeth firm, simply tie a frog to your jaw.
Charcoal, ashes, chalk, honey, and lemon juice have all been used as a form of toothpaste to clean teeth. Twigs, bones, oysters, crushed eggshells and parts of animal hooves have also been used.
In 1873, Colgate introduced aromatic toothpast in a jar.
In 1896, Colgate dental cream was packaged in collapsible tubes.
Children begin to develop their primary teeth 6 weeks after conception. The adult teeth begin to develop at 20 weeks.
If you don't floss, you miss cleaning 35% of your tooth surfaces. The primary area where decay forms is in the pits and fissures on the biting surfaces of your teeth. The second area is in between your teeth. That is why dentists recommend flossing at least once a day.
A large sneeze can zoom out of you mouth at over 600 mph. For comparison, the speed of sound in dry air at 68 oF is 768 mph. Also, about 40,000 aerosol saliva droplets can be produced.
The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That's enough spit to fill 2 swimming pools. On a similar note, please don't walk around a baseball dugout barefooted.
People who tend to drink 3 or more glasses of soda pop daily have 62% more tooth decay, fillings, and tooth loss than others.
- The first toothbrush with bristles was made in China in 1498. Bristles from hogs, horses, and badges were used. They were later found to be too abrasive and harsh. In 1938, the first commercial toothbrush with nylon bristles and a plastic handle was invented.
- You should replace your toothbrush after you have a cold, viral infection, or and episode of the flu. Microbes from these previous infections can implant themselves on the toothbrush bristles leading to re-infection.
- The first American to get a patent for a toothbrush was H.N. Wadsworth.
- The electric toothbrush first appeared in 1939.
You should not keep your toothbrush within 6 feet of a toilet. The airborne particles from the flush can travel up to a distance of 6 feet. This can be prevented by flushing with the toilet seat down. Also the commonly used practice of putting a tight cap on a toothbrush can be detrimental. The moisture entrapped in the cap favors bacterial growth.