View of dentist looking at teeth from inside of mouth

In order to maintain good dental health, you must maintain a good, daily dental routine. This consists of brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing once a day, and visiting the dentist every six months for a professional dental cleaning.

 

There are many different parts of your mouth that determine your dental health. Here are 25 interesting dental facts about your mouth, from your teeth to your tongue.

 

Teeth

Enamel

The outer layer of your teeth, called enamel, is the hardest part of your entire body.

 

Tooth Decay

Sugar itself doesn’t cause tooth decay. The bacteria in your mouth feed on the sugars you consume and produce enamel-destroying acids that cause tooth decay.

 

Unique Teeth

No two people have the same set of teeth; they’re just as unique as fingerprints.

 

Close up of man's mouth with healthy teeth smiling

 

Your Teeth Exposed

One-third of your tooth is underneath your gums.

 

Teeth by the Numbers

Children have 20 baby teeth, while adults have 32 permanent teeth (if you don’t have any teeth removed).

 

Enamel Durability

Any damage to your enamel is permanent; enamel can’t be restored.

 

Color of Teeth

The color of your teeth isn’t determined by your enamel. The second layer of your teeth, called dentin, is responsible for the color of your teeth.

 

Baby Teeth

As a child’s permanent teeth grow, they put pressure on their baby teeth and cause the roots of the baby teeth to dissolve. As a child loses baby teeth, the permanent teeth grow into the open spaces.

 

Decreasing Decay

Only 40% of children ages 6 to 19 have had cavities, which is 10% less than 10 years ago.

 

Boy toddler smiling holding a toothbrush about to brush his teeth

 

Tooth Types

We have 4 types of teeth in our mouth – incisors, canines, molars, and pre-molars.

 

Mouth

Tongue Print

Like fingerprints and teeth, your tongue print is unique.

 

Saliva

On average, a person produces a quart of saliva every day.

 

Taste Buds

You have 4 main types of taste buds: sour, sweet, salty, and bitter. A relatively new taste, umami, is often added and is used to describe savory tastes.

 

Bacteria

Dental plaque is made up of more than 300 types of bacteria.

 

Tartar

The plaque you don’t remove through brushing and flossing hardens to tartar, which can be removed only by the dentist or dental hygienist.

 

Functions

Your mouth is important for chewing, talking, and swallowing.

 

Smiling

Kids laugh an average of 400 times each day. Adults laugh an average of only 15 times a day.

 

Family laughing, husband and wife holding son and daughter laughing with grandmother and grandfather

 

Tongue Muscles

Your tongue has 8 muscles, helping you chew, swallow, and talk.

 

Dental Care Products

Flossing is Important

Flossing can clean up to 40% of your tooth’s surfaces. If you don’t floss, you are neglecting a big part of your mouth.

 

Blue vs. Red

People use blue toothbrushes more than red toothbrushes.

 

Blue toothbrush and red toothbrush

 

Dental Care Products

Americans spend around $2 billion on dental care products each year, which is 2% of what Americans spend on hair care products.

 

Gallons of Toothpaste

Americans buy about 14 million gallons of toothpaste every year. This would fill 21 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

 

Replacing Toothbrushes

You should replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head every 3 to 4 months, or when the bristles begin to fray.

 

Floss Sales

An average of over 3 million miles of dental floss is purchased in North America each year.

 

Brushing Teeth

On average, people brush their teeth for only 48 seconds. The recommended time for each brushing session is 2 minutes.

 

Man brushing his teeth with reflection of his mouth in mirror

 

A lot of factors determine your dental health. Maintain a good dental routine to keep your mouth healthy.

 

For more information or to schedule a dental appointment, contact A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe in Sugar Land, Texas. We are committed to providing you and your family with expert dental care.