February is Children’s Dental Health Month, and at North Hills Family Dental, we love finding fun ways to celebrate! To celebrate and get your little ones excited about dental health, our team put together some fun facts about teeth:
1. Enamel Is The Hardest Substance In Your Entire Body (But Can’t Regenerate)
Our teeth go through a lot of wear and tear, so it should come as no surprise that enamel (the outermost layer of tissue) is extremely hard. Enamel is comprised mostly of strong minerals, which give it its durability qualities.
However, this strength comes at a cost. Unlike other parts of our bodies, teeth cannot regenerate once they’ve been damaged by tooth decay or an accident. When your teeth are damaged, they must be fixed and repaired by a dentist, because they can’t heal on their own. That’s why it’s so important to take proper care of your teeth and ensure that your smile remains healthy and strong!
2. Brushing And Oral Care Goes Back Thousands Of Years
The first-ever toothbrush traces its history back to ancient China in the Tang Dynasty, between the 7th and 10th-century. This brush used hog bristles to remove food and debris from the teeth!
Oral care goes back even further than that. Chew sticks, which are twigs and tiny sticks that have frayed ends, have been used to clean teeth for thousands of years. The earliest chew sticks found were in Babylon, in 3,500 BC!
3. Your Teeth And Bite Are Completely Unique
Your teeth and bite are one-of-a-kind. Dental records can be used to identify you, and bite marks have even been used to solve crimes, in some cases, because no two bites are exactly the same.
4. Your Teeth Start To Form Before You’re Even Born
Teeth usually start to erupt in a baby’s mouth at around 6 months but they are initially formed in the womb before you’re even born. This includes your adult teeth, which continue to grow throughout your childhood, and eventually erupt to replace your baby teeth.
5. “Handedness” Translates To Chewing, Too!
If you’re right-handed, you’ll mostly chew your food on the right side of your mouth, and the opposite is true if you’re left-handed! Next time you’re eating, try to notice which side of your mouth you favor. Is it the same as the hand you use to write?
Educate Your Kids (And Yourself) With These Fun Dental Facts!
Celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month with a trip to North Hills Family Dental. Preventive dentistry and proper oral care are essential for children and adults alike. At our office, Dr. Mauro treats patients of all ages, from infants to seniors. Whether your child needs a check-up or you’re due for one yourself, get in touch right away at (412) 364-1477! You can also stop by our office at 9401 McKnight Road, Suite 307, Pittsburgh, PA 15237. We’ll see you soon!