You may think that toothpaste, toothbrush, and oral care is a new age phenomenon. Did you know that people have been using toothpaste for about 500 B.C.?
Back then, the ancient Greeks would use a mixture that contained iron rust and coral powder to clean their teeth. Toothbrushes, meanwhile, were bunches of tree twigs that people would chew on.
Of course, dental care has advanced slightly since then, and we’ve now got many different tools at our disposal to help us take care of our teeth. You rely on your teeth daily to help you eat. Knowing a little more about them and how your behaviors affect your dental health can help you take better care, and keep you smiling long into the future.
- Your teeth are unique like your fingerprint!
Your teeth are like your fingerprint: They are uniquely yours. This is why dental records are used to identify human remains and also in criminal investigations. Even identical twins do not have identical teeth. Bonus fact: Your tongue also has a unique “tongue print.” Maybe the next iPhone might want you to lick its sensor to recognize you!
- Your tooth structure is like an iceberg.
About a third of each tooth is underneath your gums. This is why to keep your gums healthy is as important as keeping your teeth clean and well cared for. Your gums should be pink in color, and firm. You never know what lies beneath. And hence it is necessary to visit Sabka Dentist Dental Clinic once every six months.
- And you have 32 of them.
Working from your front teeth to the back of your mouth, you have eight incisors (your front teeth), four canine teeth, eight premolars, and 12 molars.
- The hardest part of your body is the Enamel on your teeth!
The outermost layer of your teeth is called the Enamel. Its primary purpose is to protect the rest of the tooth. The enamel is mostly made of calcium and phosphate, like your bones, but is stronger because of the specific proteins and crystallites that form it.
- But it isn’t invincible.
Even though the Enamel is there to protect your teeth, it can still chip or crack, and it isn’t safe from decay. Sugars and acids, like those found in soft drinks, interact with bacteria in your mouth and attack your enamel, which marks the start of tooth decay. Soft drinks are particularly damaging when you drink them often, or slowly throughout the day.
- Anything Yellow can indicate decay!
That’s not just a stain because of tobacco, tea or coffee. Enamel is partly responsible for your teeth’s white appearance, and when it decays, your teeth may start to appear yellow. Decaying enamel could also be to blame for any pain you feel.
- Dentin grows BUT enamel does NOT.
Dentin is the layer that lies beneath the enamel, and it is also harder than your bones. Dentin is made up of small channels and passageways called tubules that transmit nerve signals and nutrition through the tooth. There are three types of dentin: primary, secondary, and reparative. While the enamel is basically static, dentin continues to grow and change throughout your life.
- 300 types of bacteria reside in your mouth!
Plaque contains millions of bacteria, made up of 200 to 300 different species. The main culprit for poor tooth health is Streptococcus mutans, which converts sugar and other carbohydrates into the acids which eat away at your teeth.
- The real enemy is Plaque!
Plaque is a sticky white thing that is constantly growing. If you don’t remove it regularly by brushing and flossing, it will cause tooth decay. If you do not remove it, plaque hardens and advances into tartar. So, brush and floss at least twice daily and visit Sabka Dentist Dental Clinic every 6 months for a professional cleaning and scaling session.
- You make 40,000 liters of spit.
Your body produces about one liter of saliva every day, which comes out to about 40,000 liters over a lifetime. Saliva plays many important roles in your overall health. For example, it makes food easier to swallow and contains enzymes to help in digestion. When it comes to your teeth, saliva washes away food particles that may have stayed back after a meal. It contains calcium and phosphate, which can neutralize the acids in plaque that cause damage and decay of your teeth.