10 “Who Knew” Dental Facts

1)      Flossing can increase your life expectancy. True or False?

True.  By flossing daily, you can gain an additional 6 years! How? Poor oral hygiene may lead to inflammatory gum diseases and heart disease. By flossing, we rid our mouths of these disease-causing bacteria.


2)      What percentage of adults are afraid of the dentist?

More than 80% of adults experience some degree of dental fear. And more than half say this fear may keep them from seeing the dentist


3)      Chewing gum is bad for your teeth. True or false?

False. Most dentists give gum the thumbs up-as long as it’s sugarless. Chewing gum stimulates saliva flow, which helps protect your teeth against decay-causing bacteria.


4)      Toothpaste has an expiry date. True or false?

True. Any toothpaste containing fluoride must carry an expiration date and typically it’s two years after the manufacturer date. After this date, fluoride in the toothpaste loses its ability to brush away bacteria in the mouth and protect against cavities.


5)      What is the hardest substance in the human body?

Enamel, the outer protective layer of your teeth is the hardest substance in the human body.


6)      It’s OK to keep your toothbrush near the toilet as long as it doesn’t fall in. True or False?

False.  A spray of bacteria from flushing the toilet can travel up to a distance of SIX FEET!


7)      Your teeth are one-of-a-kind just like your fingerprints. True or False?

True.  Tooth prints are unique to each individual, and nobody has an identical set, not even identical twins.


8)      If you are right-handed, the right side of your mouth will be the dominant chewing side. True or False?

False.  Chewing side preference has not been found to be related to an individual’s dominant hand side.


9)       It’s OK to throw dental floss in the toilet. True or False?

False. You should not throw your floss in the toilet. Dental floss is non-biodegradable and when flushed, it wraps around small clogs and tangles them into bigger ones.


10)   How often should you replace your toothbrush?

You should replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, if it starts to show signs of wear or if you have been ill.