Did you know that your tooth enamel is the hardest thing in your body? Or that ancient Greeks used pliers to extract a tooth? Read these fun and interesting facts to learn more about your teeth!
- Your teeth start forming before you are even born.
- A baby’s teeth will start coming in around 6 months of age. By age 2, children normally have around 20 teeth.
- Adult humans have 32 permanent teeth.
- Sharks have at least 40 sets of teeth throughout their lifetime.
- Humans have two sets of teeth – the primary teeth and the permanent teeth.
- George Washington had dentures made of of various animal teeth including hippopotamus teeth, cow teeth and sheep teeth!
- Many snakes have specialized teeth calls fangs, which are hollow teeth filled with toxins and poisons used to attack prey.
- The Giant Armadillo can have up to 100 teeth in it’s jaw at any time. Steer clear!
- Japanese women blackened their teeth in the 1600s in order to show loyalty to their husbands.
- Ancient Mayans in the 9th century filed down and bejeweled their teeth to show wealth and status.
- Some animals, like rats and rabbits, have teeth that continuously grow. They gnaw to keep their teeth at a healthy length.
- Before toothpaste was invented, people used concoctions of ashes, charcoal, lemon, chalk and tobacco to clean their teeth.
We hope you enjoyed reading these fun teeth facts! If you have any questions about your teeth, please contact a DentaLux professional today!