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6 Facts About Teeth and Toothpastes That You Did Not Know

It’s funny that there are some really fun (and also weird) facts about teeth that not everyone knows about. Those white pearls inside your mouth have some cool trivia and will leave you surprised!

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Knowing more about your teeth will help you take better care of them and keep you smiling! So, check them out –

  1. Your teeth are unique, just like your fingerprints

Yep, your individual teeth are as unique as your fingerprints. Did you know that? Because teeth have this quality of uniqueness, dental records are used sometimes used to identify dead bodies and human remains. Even if you have an identical twin, your teeth will be unique from each other.

  1. Toothpaste and toothbrushes have evolved over time

Did you know that people have been using toothpaste since around 500 BC?! Yes. Evidence from artefacts suggests that the ancient Greeks used a mixture of iron rust and coral powder as toothpaste. The brush was a tree twig. It is said that Romans used bone fragments as some sort of toothbrush to clean their teeth. Obviously, dental care was not on their priority list. Studies show that in the early 1900s, only seven percentage of American homes brushed regularly. Most of them did not even keep toothpaste!

  1. Super weird substances were used as toothpaste

I am so glad that we enjoy such nice flavored toothpastes that taste good and are effective. But it hasn’t always been that way. In the ancient times, they had powders and not gels. It is said that Egyptians used mint and rock salt (a smart choice), but also added crushed eggshells and some bits of horse hoof into the mixture for cleaning their teeth. Not so sure I like this mixture. Even worse, remember when I said that the Romans used bone fragments as their toothbrush? That was used along with human urine to kill the germs in the mouth. Definitely sure I don’t like this mixture! Thank God for great toothpaste gels we have right now!

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  1. You can find interesting toothpaste flavors online

Did you know that you can get some really interesting toothpaste flavours according to your food preferences? If you have a sweet tooth, you can get a chocolate and cupcake flavoured toothpaste. If you want your toothpaste to taste like meat, you can get the bacon flavoured one as well. Who wants real meat now?!

  1. The enamel is the strongest part of the body

The enamel, which is the outermost layer, is the hardest layer of your teeth. It is made of calcium and phosphate, like the bones in your body, but is stronger than the bones because of the specific proteins and crystallites that it contains of.

  1. The mouth can be a host to 300 types of bacteria

This is actually scary and calls for proper dental care! There are 300 different species of bacteria that can feast on your teeth and to keep them away, you need to take good care of those white pearls to keep them that way.