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Fun Facts about teeth

  1. The hardest part of your entire body is your tooth enamel – that’s the top surface of your tooth
  2. The average person spends about 48 seconds per day brushing their teeth, but dentists recommend at least 2 or 3 minutes.
  3. The amount of saliva your mouth produces in a lifetime is enough to fill two swimming pools
  4. No two people have the same set of teeth—your teeth are as unique as your fingerprint!
  5. “Milk teeth” begin to form in the womb, but don’t actually show until a child is six months to a year old.
  6. Modern day toothpaste has only been used for about 100 years, before that people used charcoal ashes, chalk, and lemon juice to brush their teeth.
  7. The average American spends 38.5 total days brushing their teeth over a lifetime.
  8. 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.
  9. In China, in 1498, the first toothbrush with bristles was made, using hair from hogs and horses
  10. When you don’t floss, you miss cleaning up to 35% of your tooth’s surface area.

How many root canals are done in a year?

More than 15 million root canals are performed every year.
More than 41,000 root canals are performed each day.
Endodontists perform 25 root canal treatments each week; general dentists perform fewer than 2.
45% of people have heard of a root canal specialist.

What does an endodontist specialize in?

Endodontists are dentists who specialize in maintaining teeth through endodontic therapy — procedures, involving the soft inner tissue of the teeth, called the pulp. The word “endodontic” comes from “endo” meaning inside and “odont” meaning tooth. Like many medical terms, it’s Greek.

What is included in endodontics?

Root canal therapy is one of the most common procedures. If the dental pulp (containing nerves, arterioles, venules, lymphatic tissue, and fibrous tissue) becomes diseased or injured, endodontic treatment is required to save the tooth.

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