Your mouth is a crazy place: from housing the strongest muscle and the hardest surface in your body to hosting countless bacteria, you really should know what’s going on in there—and how to keep it in good shape.
1. If you are right-handed you will chew your food on the right side of your mouth, if you are left-handed you will chew on the left. But try to switch it up from time to time to avoid getting all your cavities on the one side of your mouth! Just as it is advantageous to be ambidextrous, being ambi-dental is a good idea.
2. The average American spends 38 ½ days brushing their teeth throughout their lifetime. But if you follow the dentist’s advice and brush for two minutes twice a day, that number jumps to 76! Brushing for four minutes a day, and flossing, keeps you out of trouble with your dentist and can help you to prevent heart and diabetes problems from worsening.
3. 10% of your taste buds are on your mouth’s palate and the inside of your cheeks. When tasting wine, you should swish the liquid around your entire mouth before swallowing to enjoy the full taste—but then be sure to brush your teeth later as wine’s acidity can break down your teeth with ease.
4. The average person generates 10,000 gallons of saliva over the course of their lifetime. This is a pretty gross image, considering that is the size of a swimming pool. However, saliva serves an important cleansing purpose, keeping food particles from settling on teeth and creating cavities.
5. NEA.org estimates 100,000,000 micro-creatures live in your mouth : eating, excreting waste, and reproducing all the time. No wonder your dentist wants you to brush away these microbes (along with plaque and germs) twice a day.
6. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body but it can be eroded by acids in the food you eat. Sugary drinks like juice and soda exacerbate enamel erosion, as do sour foods and candy. If you suffer from acid reflux or heartburn, take a once-daily medication to keep stomach acids away from your mouth and throat as they too can erode enamel.
7. The average North American consumes 50 tons of food and 11,000 gallons of liquids in their lifetime. That is a lot to overcome with a toothbrush! Taking care to clean away those smells, sugars, and acids will boost your self-confidence and make you more attractive.
8. A pink tongue means a germ-free tongue, while a white tongue means the opposite. You can get a tongue scraper for pretty cheap these days: from Miami Beach to Dundas, dental professionals will be happy to give you one at your next appointment for free.
9. Each cavity costs on average $2,000 over the course of your life. Nearly 80% of Americans have at least one cavity by their 17th birthday. At that rate, you’re likely to spend at least $10,000 on cavities during your life.
10. Your lips thin as you age. And since full lips are almost always preferable to thin lips, take the steps you need to prevent this from happening to you. By wearing lipstick or lip balm with sunscreen, you can avoid the harsh ultraviolet light from the sun that promotes collagen breakdown in your lips.
Oral health not only contributes to your overall health, but also keeps your self-esteem at an all-time high. Use these facts to your benefit and jump on preventive care today!
Drew Kobb, in addition to studying civil law, loves long distance running and considers himself a health and fitness enthusiast. His interests range all over the medical field, and Drew highlights that range on his blog, Dr. Ouch. He relies on York & Bay for his dental care needs.