10 top interesting teeth facts

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Your teeth play an important role in your daily lives, from the day that the very first milk tooth appears as a child, to those visits from the tooth fairy and getting those adult teeth.

Looking after your teeth is extremely important, as regular brushing and flossing can help you stay healthy as well as make you feel confident when eating, talking and smiling.

Here are 10 top interesting teeth facts you might not know about:

By the age of 3, the average child has their full set of 20 primary teeth (often referred to as baby teeth). The average adult has 32 teeth, which includes wisdom teeth.

Baby teeth usually fall out in the same order they came in.

Did you know that up to 35% of people are born without wisdom teeth?

You may be unaware of this fact, but we all have four different types of teeth (incisors, canines, premolars, molars) in order to help us bite, tear and grind into our food.

Straight teeth are not the beauty ideal in every culture. In Japan, some people will get crooked veneers to cover up straight teeth.

Are you aware that your mouth produces more than 25,000 pints of saliva in a lifetime?

Toothpaste as we know it today was first produced in 1873 and sold in a jar. Before that, people used charcoal or ground chalk mixtures.

Flossing on a daily basis is just as important as brushing your teeth to help get plaque out from between teeth. You may be surprised to hear this but your toothbrush misses approximately 35% of your tooth’s surfaces!

 If you floss once a day, you will use about 5 miles of floss over your lifetime.

At an auction in 2011, John Lennon’s tooth sold for more than $31,000. In 1816, Sir Isaac Newton’s tooth sold for today’s equivalent of $35,700.