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Dental facts you probably don't know. Part 12

• You should not keep your toothbrush near a toilet. The airborne particles from the flush can travel up to a distance of 6 feet.

• Among the first known dentists in the world were the Etruscans. In 700 BC they carved false teeth from the teeth of various mammals, and produced partial bridge work good enough to eat with.

• The earliest record of tooth decay was described by the Sumerians as “tooth worms”. There is also historical evidence that around 2700 BC, Chinese acupuncture was used to treat tooth pain.

• The first braces were constructed by Pierre Fauchard in 1728 in France. These braces consisted of a flat strip of metal connected to the teeth by pieces of thread.

• Orthodontic brackets were invented by Edward Angle in 1915. If you or your parents had braces before 1970, they were probably similar to those invented by Dr. Angle.

• Humans use four different types of teeth (incisors, canine, premolars, and molars) to cut, tear and grind their food.

• Humans have only two sets of teeth in their entire lifetime—baby teeth and

permanent teeth. Once you have your permanent teeth, make sure you take good care of them.

• No two people have the same set of teeth—your teeth are as unique as your fingerprint, so be proud of your unique set of teeth.

• Many diseases are linked to your oral health, including heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes.

• One third of your tooth is underneath your gums—that means only two thirds of your tooth’s length is visible.

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