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10 Crazy and Fun Dental Facts

Here are just a few interesting facts relating to dentistry. You might get a little giggle out of a few of them. Enjoy!

At Dillon Family Dentistry, the office of Dr. David M. Dillon, we take dentistry very seriously. But believe it or not, teeth can be fun!
Here are ten wild and crazy dental facts that will make you smile and improve your health as well.

1) The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough spit to fill 2 swimming pools!

2) You are should not keep your toothbrush near a toilet. The airborne particles from the flush can travel up to a distance of 6 feet. Yuck!

3) People who drink 3 or more glasses of soda each day have 62% more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss than others. Put down the pop and sports drinks and pick up some nice fresh water instead.

4) In 1994, a prison inmate in West Virginia braided dental floss into a rope, scaled the wall and escaped. (We suggest that you use floss to clean between your teeth instead of climbing prison walls! If you don’t you are missing around 35% of your teeth’s surfaces.)

5) You should replace your toothbrush at least every three months, and always after you have an episode of flu, cold or other viral infections. Notorious bacteria can implant themselves on the toothbrush bristles leading to re-infection.

6) Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. However, we do not recommend that you use your pearly whites to open bottle caps!

7) The standard advice to “see your dentist twice a year” was actually invented by an ad agency for Pepsodent toothpaste! Your dental professional should recommend the correct schedule for your regular dental visits.
 A recent poll has shown that health professionals (physicians, dentists and nurses) were among the most trusted people in The United States. The least trusted? Lobbyists and congressmen of course!

9) According to a recent survey done by Time Magazine, 59% of Americans would rather have a dental appointment than be sitting next to someone talking on a cell phone. Maybe some of us should take a hint!

10) Over three out of four people in the United States suffer from some form of gum disease. It is the leading cause of tooth loss in people over age 35. The good news is, in most cases gum disease can be prevented or controlled!
At the Bryn Mawr office of Dr. David M. Dillon, we are here for you, and want to help you achieve the best smile possible. If you have any questions about your dental health or need to schedule an appointment, please give us a call today at 610-525-5497. We can help you!

Also – did you know that we are now on Facebook? Please go to www.facebook.com/DillonFamilyDentistry and “like” us for more dental health tips, community news, contests, special offers and all kinds of other fun stuff!!

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Bruce National October 24, 2013 at 09:46 AM
Can you imagine swimming in pools filled with saliva? Ewwww. Even as a Park Ridge dentist that is a bit gross for me. http://rubinodentistry.com/about-rubino-dentistry/dr-rubino/
Cooper Pie December 03, 2013 at 11:42 AM
Thanks for the post, and since I guess people are looking for help here, then maybe I could get some help here as well. Because me and my wife have been looking for a new dentist clinic that we can take our kids to. And we came across http://www.hamiltondentist.ca and I wanted to know what your opinion was on them?
Jayden Eden December 10, 2013 at 10:49 PM
I actually was hoping to find some tips like these! My cosmetic dentist in Lynnwood, WA is going to be seeing me soon. http://alderwooddental.net/cosmetic-dentistry.php I keep developing cavities every year.
William Walker January 28, 2014 at 11:40 AM
Thanks for the great article! I really learned a lot about having a good time at work. Keep up the great work! William | http://www.owocdentalgroup.com
Jason Knighte March 24, 2014 at 03:42 PM
I like knowing what dentists stand by. Knowing that they are dedicated to doing a good job really does help. I like knowing that I have a professional drilling into my teeth because it is more comforting in a way. Jason|http://www.familydentistryofwoodstock.com/our-services-orthodontics/

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