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20Jun2013

Fun Dental Facts You May Have Never Known

AT THE COEUR D’ALENE DENTAL Center we take dentistry very seriously. But believe it or not teeth can be fun too!!

Here are some wild and crazy dental facts that will make you smile and improve your health as well.

  1. The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough spit to fill 2 swimming pools!
  2. You should not keep your toothbrush near a toilet. The airborne particles from the flush can travel up to a distance of 6 feet. Yuck!
  3. People who drink 3 soft drinks or energy drinks a 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.
  4. In 1994, a prison inmate in West Virginia braided dental floss into a rope, scaled the wall and escaped. (We suggest you just us it to clean between your teeth on a daily basis to prevent cavities and gum disease).
  5. You should replace your toothbrush at least every 3 months, and always after you have an episode of flu, cold or other viral infections. Notorious bacteria can implant themselves on the toothbrush bristles leading to re-infection.
  6. 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!
  7. The standard advice to “see your dentist twice a year” was actually invented by an ad agency for Pepsodent toothpaste! Your dental professional should recommend the correct schedule for your regular visits.
  8. Over three out of four people in the United States suffer from some form of gum disease. It is the leading cause of tooth loss in people over age 35. The good news is, in most cases gum disease can be prevented or controlled!!

At the Coeur d’Alene Dental Center we are here for you, and want to help you achieve the best smile possible. If you have any questions about your dental health feel free to call us anytime at 667-7461. We can help you!

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