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Dental facts you probably don't know. Part 8

Updated: May 6

• It’s actually better to NOT cap your toothbrush. Capping it helps spark even more bacterial growth than usual. Let it breathe the open air.

• If your tooth gets knocked out, it will start to die in 15 minutes. Put it in milk or hold it in your mouth and it will last longer. See your pediatric dentist as soon as

possible to place the tooth back in the socket and stabilize it.

• Periodontal gum disease is more prevalent than you realize: some 3 out of 4 Americans have it to one degree or another.

• Giraffes do not have upper teeth. They only have bottom teeth.

• People have been creating teeth fillings for thousands of years. Egyptian mummies have been discovered with dental fillings.

• Crocodiles have it easier then you do. A species of bird called the crocodile bird flies into the open mouths of crocs and cleans their teeth for them.

• Gold crowns are nothing new. The ancient Romans used them to restore teeth ravaged by cavities.

• The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva (spit) in a lifetime. That is enough saliva to fill 2 swimming pools.

• The Statue of Liberty’s mouth is 3 feet wide.

• 100 years ago 50% of adults in North America were toothless.

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