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10 Dental Facts You Probably Don’t Know!

Our teeth are amazing! Without them we wouldn’t be able to speak, eat, sing, or smile properly. In honor of our pearly whites, Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry is sharing some interesting dental facts you may not already know!

10 Fun Dental Facts

  1. If you floss daily, by the end of the year the total length of floss used would equal the perimeter of a baseball diamond!
  2. Because birds don’t have teeth, many swallow stones to help aid in breaking up hard foods.
  3. On average, women smile 62 times a day and while men only smile eight times a day. Come on guys, step it up!
  4. The average American spends a total of 38.5 days brushing their teeth in their lifetime.
  5. 40 percent of young people aged six to 19 have had cavities in their life. That may seem like a lot but that’s down from 50 percent just a decade ago!
  6. During the Middle Ages people thought a dog’s tooth boiled in wine was an excellent mouth rinse to prevent tooth decay.
  7. The Egyptian plover, also called the crocodile bird, is known for flying into a crocodile’s mouth & cleaning its teeth.
  8. Prior to the 1850s, ‘toothpaste’ was usually powder that contained both soap and chalk.
  9. An obscure VT law states that it is illegal for women to wear false teeth without the written permission of her  husband!
  10. Different animals have different amounts of teeth; armadillos have 104, pigs have 44, and humans have 32.

Here’s a bonus fact: the narwhal’s tusk Is actually a tooth! Well, there you have it. A handful of fun facts to dazzle your family and friends at your next cocktail party. Kidding aside, remember to take care of your teeth. They do so much for you!

Smileboston Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry is here to help! Our newly renovated office in Brookline, MA  Greater Boston, offers full array of services ranging from general dentistry and laser dentistry to dental implants and full smile makeovers. To schedule an appointment, please call 617-277-4100. For more information, please visit Smileboston online.

The Dangers of DIY Teeth Whitening

A Beautiful Smile with white, even teeth is a major confidence booster and helps to make a good first impression, whether you’re going on a date or sitting down for a job interview. The widespread desire for whiter teeth in today’s society, combined with internet culture, has given rise to a number of popular do-it-yourself teeth whitening methods. While these might seem like great life-hacks to try, many of them can actually do serious damage to your teeth.
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The Tooth About Teeth Grinding

Bruxism is a common oral condition that affects most people at some point in their lives. The two main characteristics of this condition are the grinding of teeth and clenching of the jaw. Grinding and clenching usually occurs while a person is sleeping and occasionally while awake.

Bruxism is one of the most common known sleep disorders. Chewing is a neuromuscular activity controlled by a subconscious process, but more highly controlled by the brain. It is thought that during sleep, the subconscious process may become active while the higher control is inactive (asleep), resulting in bruxism. The most common symptoms are earaches and headaches, increased tooth pain and sensitivity, jaw, neck or face pain and soreness. And while we don’t completely know what causes Bruxism, it is likely due to a number of psychological, genetic and environmental factors. Stress, anxiety, medication and substance use, mental health and medical conditions can all contribute to Bruxism.
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The Scoop on Tooth Sensitivity

HAVE YOU EVER FELT a painful jolt through your teeth when you bite into ice cream or take a sip of hot coffee? If so, then you’re familiar with the woes of tooth sensitivity, and you’re not alone. More than half of adults age 20-50 experience some degree of sensitivity, and children’s teeth can be sensitive too.

Why does this happen? In order to understand tooth sensitivity, it helps to learn a bit about the structure of a tooth and how its various parts function. Read the rest of this entry »

Taking Care of Your Pet’s Teeth

Many well meaning pet owners assume that furry friends don’t need dental care like we do. After all, animals can’t exactly brush their teeth, and that doesn’t seem to be a problem for them. However, it turns out that our pets’ teeth are very different than the teeth of wild animals. And they need our help to stay healthy. Read the rest of this entry »

Repeat After Us: Teeth Are Not Tools

OUR TEETH ARE pretty amazing, and there’s a lot they can do. They chew our food, they provide structural support for the lower third of our faces, they help us speak clearly, and they give us our beautiful smiles. However, many people also find other uses for their teeth, which can be harmful. Teeth are not tools!
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Botox – More than Wrinkle Relief!

In its original form, botulinum toxin or Botox is widely known as a cosmetic solution to address fine lines and wrinkles. It is less widely known that Botox can also be used in many dental procedures. It provides relief from jaw pain, helps to retrain muscles around the mouth and as an enhancement to many dental treatments. Smileboston Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry offers Botox treatment and put together a brief guide to explain how it can be used to compliment your oral health goals.
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Our Favorite Quotes About Smiling

Working in the dental industry, one of our favorite things to see is our patient’s smiling faces. So today, we thought we’d celebrate those smiles we love so much by sharing some of our favorite quotes about smiling!
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Defeating Bad Breath

We’ve all been there — sitting in the middle of a job interview or a first date and realizing that our breath is far from minty fresh. Even when everything else is going well, bad breath can be enough to ruin your confidence and sour a good experience. So why do we get bad breath, and what can we do to stop it?
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