Here at South Charlotte Dentistry we know how special you are and how unique every individual’s teeth are, that’s why we take the extra step to help every patient. You have learned a lot about teeth. You have a special morning and evening routine designed to taking care of your pearly whites. Yep, brushing, flossing, and mouthwash, the whole enchilada, but we want to share a few of our favorite teeth facts with you.
- 300 types of bacteria live in your mouth.
Bacteria is all over and inside of your mouth they are everywhere, on your teeth, gums, checks, and tongue. There is no need to be concerned, bacteria is normal, most of the bacteria in your mouth is naturally stirring around to help protect your teeth from decay. Although, there are some bad bacteria in your mouth, keeping up with your oral care will help keep them to a minimum.
- Two sets of teeth isn’t always the case.
Most people are born with two sets of teeth, the primary teeth and permanent teeth. Primary teeth are often called baby teeth. We lose baby teeth and then a permanent teeth grow in because a child’s mouth cannot hold 32 teeth. However, a small amount of the population don’t have permanent teeth rather their primary teeth become their permanent teeth.
- Enamel is the hardest part of your body.
Enamel is the outer layer of all the teeth in your mouth and it is actually the hardest part of your entire body. Yep, even harder than the bones in your body. Enamel is the tough but it is also more brittle and is susceptible to break easier. Yellowing teeth can be due to decaying enamel, and we can often become altered to decaying enamel from the pain it causes. Enamel is also the only part of the body that can never heal on its own. To repair decaying enamel, dentist can use tooth decay removal, sealants, fillings, and more. Ultimately, we want to protect our enamel and reverse any tooth decay with daily brushing, flossing, fluoride, and drinking plenty of water.
- Wisdom Teeth don’t always have to be removed.
Many people have to have their wisdom teeth removed because their mouth is not large enough to hold all of their teeth. As we evolve our jaw length is shortening and wisdom teeth do not have the space they need. Although, many people have to have the teeth removed some people have sufficient space in their mouth and others are born without wisdom teeth at all.
- Teeth can grow in strange places.
It’s a rare case, but teratomas can cause tumors to have teeth. Yes, you read that correctly. Teratomas are tumors that contain developed tissue, which themselves contain teeth, hair, and bone. It forms in the fetus and is seldom cancerous, meaning teratomas can be removed and treated with little risk. While the condition can terrifyingly occur in anyone, teratomas are rare, and its very unlikely you have to worry about it.
- Teeth cannot repair themselves, unlike everything else in the human body.
If you break, chip, or crack a tooth, it will not heal on its own. Only a dentist can fix and repair a broken tooth. Other parts of the body like muscles can repair themselves and will heal overtime but teeth are not self-repairing. If you break or chip a tooth, don’t panic. Dentist have a number of ways to get your smile back to be flawless using the latest dental technology. South Charlotte Dentistry use implants, veneers, crowns, and more to fix compromised teeth.
- Fixing a tooth gap doesn’t require braces.
Braces are the most popular way to fix a tooth gap but South Charlotte Dentistry offers several other alternatives. A tooth gap, otherwise known as diastema, is very common in adults. The gap can be between any two teeth but it is most commonly seen between the front two teeth. Braces are not the right fit for everyone, but everyone deserves the smile of their dreams. A tooth gap can be fixed with veneers, crowns, and many other alternatives.
- Some teeth can really hold their value.
Some teeth are very expensive. Celebrities go to extreme measures to ensure a picture perfect smile. Actor Tom Cruise, spent over $30,000 on dental work and model Victoria Beckham spent over $40,000 on her teeth. The most expensive tooth was sold for $36,857 in 2011. The tooth belonged to late John Lennon.
- Your teeth can be an indicator of your overall health.
Your oral health affects your overall health. To be healthy you must take care of your teeth and gums. Just as your teeth can affect other organs in your body, problems in the rest of your body can also be visible in your mouth. For instance, level teeth and headaches are an indicator of grinding teeth at night, which is caused by stress. Another example is, suspicious sores in the mouth that won’t go away can be a sign of oral cancer. From the mouth, we can find indicators of severe conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. It’s definitely important that you go to the dentist not only for your routine teeth cleaning, but also to get an idea of how your oral and overall health.
- Smiling can really make you feel happy due to releasing neurotransmitters.
Smiling often times can really make a person happy. When you smile endorphins and serotonin are released. Endorphins make a person’s stress levels decrease and make feeling of happiness enter the mind. This is a great way to naturally boost your mood. Serotonin is an anti-depressant and pain-reliever. So, loving your smile can really make you happier and healthier.
- Biting your nails can chip your teeth.
First off, biting your nails ruins your nails. It can also cause serious damage to your teeth. Biting on your nails is a nervous habit that can chip or fracture your tooth. Over time, nail biting can even lead to TMJ, a condition caused from excess stress and pain in the joint and muscles we use to chew. A great way to help prevent nail biting is by keeping your nails short and finding ways to cope with stress and boredom.
- Your teeth are as unique!
Just like your fingerprint or a snowflake, there are no two teeth that are alike. Your teeth are unique and one of a kind. Not even identical twins have the same teeth. Just like the DNE you inherently get, your smile is also affected by your genes. Gapped and missing teeth can run in the family and be passed down. Since teeth are specific to every individual they are often used as an identifier.
You can like your teeth and grin without knowing anything about your pearly whites, but having a comprehensive appreciation for your chompers makes them all the more remarkable. Remember to brush and floss daily and schedule your next visit with South Charlotte Dentistry. We are happy to talk to you about your oral and overall health. Visit our website or give us a call to schedule your appointment.