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Dental facts you probably don't know. Part 13

Updated: May 6

• The longest teeth in the world are actually elephant tusks – sometimes weighing over 400 pounds.

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

• Over 50% of people say that a smile is the first thing they notice about someone.

• In medieval Japan white teeth were considered ugly. Women used roots and inks to stain their teeth black, which they felt was much more attractive.

• If you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, you will brush your teeth for about 24 hours each year, or 76 days over the course of your life.

• If you brush you teeth twice a day you will use about 20 gallons of toothpaste in your lifetime.

• Our tongue is the only muscle in our body that is not attached to something at both ends.

• To promote dental health, a Chinese dentist used 28000 teeth to build a giant tooth-shaped tower.

• Most Americans did not brush their teeth every day until after World War II. In WWII the military required that soldiers brush their teeth twice a day to keep their teeth healthy. The soldiers brought that habit home after the war.

• The oldest recipe for toothpaste is from Egypt in 400AD. The formula included mint, salt, grains of pepper, and dried iris flower. A modern day dentist made the toothpaste and said “I found that it was not unpleasant afterwards my mouth felt fresh and clean”.

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