Imagine never brushing your teeth; that was normal until recently 

Teeth are essential and fascinating parts of our body. They play a vital role in our ability to eat, speak, and smile. Here are some interesting facts about teeth that can help you appreciate the history of dental care and maybe even encourage you to take better care of your pearly whites: 

Teeth are unique to each individual – Just like our fingerprints, our teeth are also unique to us. No two people have the same set of teeth, not even identical twins. This uniqueness is what makes dental records an essential tool in forensic science. 

Teeth are the hardest substance in the human body – Tooth enamel, which comprises the outermost layer of our teeth, is the hardest substance in the human body. It is even harder than bone. This is why our teeth are capable of withstanding the constant wear and tear of chewing, grinding, and biting, if you take care of them.

 Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in the world – Tooth decay affects billions of people worldwide. Caused by the buildup of bacteria in the mouth, tooth decay produces acids that erode tooth enamel. Regular brushing, flossing, and dental checkups can help prevent tooth decay. 

The first toothbrushes were made of animal hair – This probably isn’t a big surprise, given the fact artificial materials for brushes are a relatively recent development. The first toothbrushes likely came into use in China more than 1,000 years ago. Europeans didn’t start brushing their teeth until the 17th century. The modern toothbrush as we know it today was invented in the late 1930s. 

Americans were late to tooth brushing – Some Americans practiced some form of tooth brushing in the early days of the USA thanks to European influences. However, this part of personal hygiene did not become a standard part of life here until the 1940s, when American GIs were required to brush their teeth every day it was possible during World War II. 

Teeth can reveal a lot about your health – Dental problems such as gum disease and tooth decay have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other health conditions. 

About Dr. Dennis Lucas – Naples, Florida, dentist 

Dr. Dennis Lucas performs cosmetic and restorative dental techniques, as well as traditional preventive dental services for patients in and around Naples, Florida. His expertise, supported by the latest in dental technology, ensures oral health plays a role in his patients’ total healthcare picture. Call (239) 262-5851 to schedule an appointment.