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15 Fun Dental Facts For Kids

By on September 10, 2012

15 Fun Dental Facts For KidsGiving a lecture to any child on the importance of maintaining proper oral hygiene falls on deaf ears. Does that imply that the topic should never be taken up? Well, a different approach is the key to get your young child’s attention in this respect. You can awaken his/her interest and curiosity level by reading to him/her these fun trivia about dentistry in general.

Everything, from the history of dental cleaning devices, ancient dental practices of many civilizations to eye popping facts have been covered in the below mentioned dental facts. Begin the sharing experience and, observe the improved difference in your kids perspective towards everyday dental regimen.

Interesting Dental Facts for Kids to Know

Fall in Love with Your Teeth

Absolutely! After all, teeth do make your smile so cute and adorable. Here, is a dental trivia that you surely were unaware of, till date. The country, China knows how to spread dental awareness in a fun spirited way. Every year on 20th of September, large scale dental campaigns, are carried out to prompt people to look after their teeth so that they last longer. This day is known as ‘Love Your Teeth Day’. Isn’t that interesting? (Also because all schools are closed for the eventful day).

Kids Smile a Lot

15 Fun Dental Facts For Kids

Young children do smile and laugh more often than adults. Kids flash their sparkly teeth at least four hundred times in a day whereas grown ups do so only fifteen times each day!

Red or Blue?

It seems people love to brush their tongue and clean their tongue using a blue coloured toothbrush. It was found that more number of people (regardless of the age group) go for blue color instead of red while purchasing a new toothbrush. Which will you choose?

Find Out if Crocodiles Use Toothbrush

No, crocodiles take the help from a brave bird known as Egyptian prover (more commonly referred as the Crocodile Bird). Here, is how that works- The Nile crocodile leaves its mouth wide open which allows the little bird to work as a living dental floss. This way, it gets food supply to nibble from (usually stuck between the two teeth), and the crocodile gets a free dental clean up. How amazing is this real phenomenon in which the bird never gets attacked upon!

How Much Money can Your Teeth Fetch?

Sir Isaac Newton’s name has been recorded in the Guinness Book Of World Records(year 2002) for something that happened way back in the year 1816. No, it is certainly not related to gravity. This fact pertains to the most valuable tooth! His tooth was on sale and was bought by an aristocrat in the city of London at a price of 35,700 dollars. What exactly did he use it for? It was used as a stone in his ring. As shockingly surprising as it may seem, it still remains true.

Poor Blue Whale Has No Teeth

There are many features of a blue whale that makes it stand out from the other mammals. Not only is blue whale the largest (and sometimes, the longest too) animal known to the world (even larger than the extinct dinosaurs), but it has no teeth at all! This is the reason why it swallows its food instead of chewing.

Elephants and The Many Teeth Sets

Elephants are popular for their large, heavy incisor tooth. In order to consume food, it grinds the molars, and this eventually leads to complete loss of teeth. However, they are never entirely devoid of teeth and a new set of teeth resurfaces. Unlike humans who receive any two sets of teeth, elephants get six of them after a time span of roughly ten years.

Say Yes to Cheese

15 Fun Dental Facts For Kids

If you are fond of having cheese (not excess, though) yu are at a lesser risk of suffering from toothache due to caries. The components found in cheese give a stimulus to the production of saliva which is an important medium that keeps the harmful bacteria from clinging on the tooth surface.

A Lot is Spent on Chewing Gum

Seems like United States Of America make a lot of money, thanks to the increased intake of chewing gums by kids. That is right; young children make their parents spend roughly 1 billion dollars every year to have sugar rich chewing gum.

Clean Toothbrush Keeps the Mouth Healthy

If you want to have strong teeth and gums, make sure you place your toothbrush right. Dentists all across the world strongly recommend that the toothbrush used must be at a safe distance from the toilet. A distance of 6 feet is good enough. The airborne particles coming from the toilet can contaminate your otherwise clean toothbrush.

Before Toothpastes Came in

In ancient times when minty toothpastes were never even heard of, people resorted to pretty strange things to clean their teeth. The rough textured items worked as abrasives and included egg shell in crushed form, coral powder, pumice and even iron rust. Here’s more! Chalk and ashes were used for cleaning teeth too.

Sticks as Toothbrushes

15 Fun Dental Facts For Kids

Even before toothbrushes were made, people made use of thin twigs as their toothbrush. Some even used animal bones and bird feathers!

Teeth that Keep Growing

Did you know that there are a few animals with teeth that are always growing? Take, for example, rabbits and horses. Imagine how our teeth would look like if the growing process of teeth never stopped!

Unique Ways of Stopping Toothache

Here, are some age old dental practices people indulged in to seek relief from oral pain. Chinese people believed in wrapping their offending tooth or teeth in parchment paper, which had prayers, scribbles on it. Germans thought kissing a donkey was an effective solution for toothache!

Dental Facts about George Washington’s False Teeth

Even the first president of US, George Washington had dental problems. However, contrary to the belief, he did not possess dentures made with wooden teeth. There were in all, nine dentists who tried making the best fitting denture for the president. The false teeth used to replace the original ones were that of a Walrus, Hippomotamus and a Cow. These dental facts are fun to read!

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  • http://twitter.com/BracesFriendly Pamela Waterman

    Thanks for sharing. As you say, it’s great to be creative to get kids interested in having a fresh and healthy smile.