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At Northern Virginia Dental Associates in Springfield, Virginia, Dr. Neil Charaipotra and our team want you to know how important your smile is. Your smile consists of various parts which work together to help you function effectively–teeth, gums, cheeks, tongue, throat, and saliva production. But your teeth help you smile, speak, chew, so today we want to share some cool tooth facts to help you appreciate those pearly whites!

  1. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in your body.
  2. Your teeth consist of calcium, mineral salts, and phosphorus.
  3. Your teeth begin to form even before you are born, and erupt between 6-12 months.
  4. Your teeth break down the food you eat.
  5. Your tooth prints are like fingerprints–they are unique to you.
  6. Your baby teeth won’t fall out unless there is an adult tooth ready to replace it.
  7. One-third of each tooth lies beneath the gumline, so you are only seeing 2/3 of your tooth’s size.
  8. Once a tooth has been knocked out of the mouth, it will start to die within 15 minutes. You can prolong its life by putting it in milk or in your mouth and getting to the dentist as quickly as possible.
  9. Sports injuries make up about 5 million knocked out teeth each year, so wear a mouth guard to protect those chompers.
  10. If you don’t take the time to floss your pearly whites, 40% of your tooth surfaces are not getting cleaned.
  11. If you are right-handed, you tend to chew on the right side of your mouth. Ditto for the left.
  12. Dental plaque has more than 300 types of bacteria in it, which is why you want to remove it daily by brushing and flossing.
  13. Your smile produces over 25,000 quarts of saliva in the average lifetime and is essential to a healthy mouth.
  14. Most adults have 32 teeth, in comparison, snails have 25 teeth…on their tongues!

We hope this information helps you appreciate your pearly whites and what they do for you every day. If you have any questions about caring for your teeth, or would like to schedule your next dental cleaning visit, please call our Northern Virginia Dental Associates team in Springfield, Virginia today at 703.451.8332.