They help us grind and chew and they turn our smiles into SUPERSMILES! You guessed it, it’s our teeth! It’s safe to say that our gums and lips would be depressed without them…
So, because we’re all about teeth and talking about teeth and loving teeth, we thought we would share some interesting stuff about teeth.
Here are our TOP TEN TOOTH TRUTHS:
1. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, which makes enamel the hardest biological material. (However, we do not recommend that you use your pearly whites to open bottle caps!) Although enamel is a rock-hard mineral – harder than steel – it is a lot more brittle. Once the damage is sustained, enamel cannot regrow or heal itself. Strengthen your enamel with toothpastes and mouthwashes and eat plenty of foods containing calcium.
2. If you’re right-handed, you will chew your food on your right side. If you’re left-handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.
3. Just like finger prints, tooth prints are unique to each individual. No one in the world has the same tooth print as you!
4. More than 300 types of bacteria make up dental plaque. (Yuck, right? this is why good dental hygiene is an absolute must).
5. Scientists can tell a great deal about us just by examining our teeth. Did you realise that our teeth reveal how old we are, what we eat and drink – even where on earth we may have lived? Our teeth also carry significant clues about our overall health, including periods of stress or illness we’ve endured. In short, teeth are a lasting record of our personal history.
6. Your mouth produces over 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime—that’s enough to fill two swimming pools. Saliva has many uses, including assisting you with your digestion and protecting your teeth from bacteria in your mouth. So, yay for spit!
7. Two-thirds of your tooth is underneath your gums—that means only one-third of your tooth’s length is visible. The rest is hidden inside your gum. Gums need just as much attention as teeth in your oral health care regime. Plaque left on teeth causes tooth decay. Don’t forget to brush, floss and use mouthwash two to three times a day.
8. Humans have only two sets of teeth in their entire lifetime—baby teeth and permanent teeth, unlike elephants who boast with six sets! Once you have your permanent teeth, make sure you take good care of them.
9. Teeth start to form in the womb. When babies arrive, the crowns of their first 20 teeth are already in place under the gums, waiting for the right time to break through – starting sometime between 3 to 6 months of age. Throughout childhood, the crowns and roots of adult teeth are already forming under those baby teeth, waiting until it’s time to begin pushing them out of the way.
10. Unlike the bones in your body and other areas like tissue, teeth are incapable of self-repair. This explains why we use fillings and other dental work to protect teeth from further damage.
Okay, okay we realise this article pretty much reveals that we are teeth geeks and that we just love talking about teeth! Well, that’s exactly why Dr Zieg and his ‘teeth crazy’ team at Concelo love to do what they do.
Concelo, Invisible braces by Dr Zieg is a specialist orthodontic practice which can be found in Sandton and Randburg (Gauteng) and Stellenbosch (Western Cape). Dr Zieg is celebrated for his incredible ‘invisible braces’ technique and shaping the most incredible smiles across South Africa. The Concelo team work with dental needs across different age groups, ensuring the best experience and treatment plan for all their patients.
So yes, you’re right! They are ‘Teeth Geeks’!
Contact Dr Zieg and Team today for your consultation:
Sandton. Call: 011 463 5294
Randburg. Call: 011 886 2430
Stellenbosch. 021 880 1447