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Dental facts you probably don't know. Part 2

• Rinsing out your mouth with water after each meal helps remove food particles and neutralizes the effects of acid and sugary foods that could lead to cavity formation making water your mouth’s first defense against tooth decay.

• American companies began to mass produce toothbrushes after 1885.

• Have fun, learn about dental history and discover advances in dental health. The Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry opened in 1996, in Baltimore, MD.

• Americans buy more than 14 million gallons of toothpaste every year.

• Coconuts are a natural anti-bacterial food and can help reduce the risk of developing gum disease and cavities.

• Halloween is the biggest candy-selling holiday, followed by Christmas, Easter, and Valentine's Day.

• 25% of adults DO NOT brush twice a day. This increases their risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease by 33%.

• Roughly 75% of school children worldwide have active dental cavities.

• 48% of young adults have untagged themselves from a photo on Facebook because of their smile.

• People who smoke are 2-7 times more likely to develop periodontal disease than non-smokers.

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