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23 Tooth Truths to Make You Smile

  • Dolphin’s jaws do not have muscles, so they use only their teeth to grasp.
  • In the Middle Ages in Germany, kissing a donkey was the only remedy for painful teeth.
  • Ancient Greeks were the first to invent dental pillars.
  • The enamel on your teeth is the hardest tissue in your entire body.
  • An elephant’s molar tooth weighs nearly 4 kilograms and is almost 7” square.
  • When a crocodile loses a tooth, unlike humans, another one grows to replace to old one.
  • Originally toothbrush bristles were made of hog hairs.
  • According to the Guinness World Records from 2002, Sir Isaac Newton had the record for the most valuable tooth of all times. It was sold in London for £3,000 in 1816 and the tooth was put in a ring.
  • Your dental plaque comprises of more than three hundred species of bacteria.
  • It takes 43 muscles to frown but only 17 to smile.
  • 80% of us on a night out would be more likely to talk to a random person if they smiled at us.
  • A ‘smile’ is one of the first things we psychologically notice when meeting a new person.
  • 50% of us would not tell a friend if they had bad breath, in danger of risking a friendship.
  • Teeth and smiles are rated the second most important attractive feature after personality.
  • Nearly 48% of the UK population are unhappy with their teeth.
  • More than half of us would share our toothbrush with someone.
  • 1 in 5 of us cannot recall when we last replaced our toothbrush
  • 1 in 4 think electric toothbrushes are for lazy people and a third think they do not have to brush for as long when using one.
  • 1 in 5 people don’t believe in using fluoride.
  • Chocolate is top of the list for foods that make us smile the most, then Sunday roast, curry and a fry up.
  • When seeking a new partner, a smile is the most wanted trait, beating body shape, dress sense and eyes.
  • A toothbrush is top of the list of things we ensure we always take when we go away on holiday.
  • The colour yellow is psychologically known to make us smile the most. And purple makes us smile the least.