Our teeth’s primary function is to chew and grind food, which aids in the digestion of key nutrients. These tools moreover prevent the risk of choking. But there’s more to teeth than what meets the eye.
The American Dental Association published some fun facts about our pearly whites, and they are impressive!
Top Fun Facts About Teeth:
- Teeth Store Personal Records – If a scientist were to take a closer look at a patient’s teeth, he or she could easily determine a range of facts, including the person’s diet, place/s of abode, and possible ailments.
- No Two Teeth Are Alike – Just like our fingerprint, our teeth are one-of-a-kind. The same applies to our tongue print – yes, this is a thing!
Each tooth in our set of 32 features a distinctive profile. This is why orthodontists require custom molds to shape braces for example.
- You’re Born With Teeth – This seems perplexing because newborns have toothless smiles, right?
While this may be true, the baby teeth (a set of 20) are developed right below the gum line waiting on a breakthrough as the adult teeth form underneath around 3-6 months of age.
This is why pediatricians and dentists encourage parents to schedule an appointment for preventative care within the first year of life. Doing so reduces the risk of complications later in adulthood.
- Tooth Enamel is Tough – In fact, it’s the hardest part of the human body, according to Children’s Dental Village. Even so, it’s unwise to crack open hard metals like bottle caps with your teeth.
Another Fun Fact
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