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Facts About Oral Healthcare

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Joined: 30 Nov 2009

Facts About Oral Healthcare:

1.Many people still use a neem twig to brush their teeth in India because of its bactericidal property.

2.Older toothpastes were made from three mice and the head of a hare to cure the toothache.

3.Also people have used dry, rough abrasives to clean their teeth like crushed eggshell, pumice or burnt hooves of animals.

4.Earlier decayed teeth were called Rich Man’s disease, because only the rich could afford sweet things.

5.In the 18th century, people would sell their teeth to the rich who would make false teeth with them.

6.In the dark ages, superstitious people believed that by obtaining a tooth from a hanged criminal a person could cure his toothache or re-grow a lost tooth.

7.Your tongue print is as unique as your finger print.

8.Even identical twins will not have the exact same set and alignment of teeth.

9.Children smile about 400 times a day.

10.Women smile around 62 times while men around 8 time a day.

11.Right handed people tend to chew food on their right side and vice versa.

12.New born babies have no decay producing bacteria. They are transmitted from the mother’s mouth to the infant.

13.Saccharine sodium used in toothpastes is 500 times sweeter than sugar.

14.Not replacing a toothbrush after a bout of cold, sore throat or notorious infections can lead to reinfection.

15.A minimum of 6 feet distance should be maintained between your toilet and the area where you store your toothbrush. The airborne particles from the toilet after flushing can travel a distance of 6 feet.

16.Vigorously brushing your teeth leads to erosion of teeth, gum recession and sensitivity of teeth. Hence it does more harm to your teeth than good.

17.In between meals, snacking of foods are the main causes of tooth decay. Foods such as apples, raw carrots and hard cheese have a natural cleansing action making them ideal in between meals snacks.

18.Good nutrition leads to healthy gums and teeth.

19.Acid production from dental plaque occurs within 20 minutes after eating causing tooth decay. Hence rinsing the mouth with water after eating is recommended. It also helps to dislodge food particles.

20.Any sore or discolored area within the mouth which does not heal within 14 days should be examined by a dental professional.

21.A white or a red patch inside the mouth or a small indurated ulcer like a common canker sore could be leading to oral cancer and should not be neglected.

22.Also a lump or mass which can be felt inside the mouth or neck, pain or difficulty in swallowing, speaking or chewing, any wart like masses, hoarseness, which lasts for a long time or any numbness in the oral/ facial region, unilateral persistent ear ache should also be investigated.

23.Oral cancers can be confirmed on biopsy samples taken from the suspected area.

24.Smoking causes the loss of two teeth every ten years. If you start smoking a pack of cigarettes at age 18 you will lose between four and five teeth by age 35.

25.Smokers who also drink are 15 to 38 times more likely to develop oral cancer than those who didn’t do either.

26.Change your toothbrush every 3 months.

27.Gum infections have been called the sixth complication of diabetes because people with diabetes are more likely to have gum disease.

28.The severity of gum disease increases amongst people with uncontrolled diabetes.

29.Cows do not have upper front teeth and their bottom ones never stop growing.

30.The rats front teeth are constantly growing throughout life and to get rid of the itching sensation due to this growth they bite into everything they see.

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Re: Facts About Oral Healthcare

Really interesting facts

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