Fun Dental Facts – Did You Know?

Sure, dentistry is serious medicine, and daily dental hygiene is a top priority. But teeth can be pretty fun, too! And fascinating. For starters, have you ever seen the full sets of baby teeth and adult teeth present in a child’s head x-ray? Go ahead, look it up. There are tons of fascinating dental facts out there!

Fuquay Family Dentistry in Fuquay-Varina treats our patients professionally and joyfully because teeth are cool. Take Dr. McCormick and Dr. Meunier’s word for it, there’s much to learn and admire about even the most average set of teeth.

Facts About People & Teeth

  • According to a survey by Time Magazine, 59% of people would rather visit the dentist than have to listen to one end of a cell-phone conversation.
  • By age 17, 78% of Americans have had at least 1 cavity.
  • Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for people over the age of 35.
  • Tooth prints are as unique as fingerprints.
  • About 5 million teeth per year fall out due to sports-related accidents.
  • Babies have 20 teeth but a full set of adult teeth has 32.
  • Baby teeth do need to be brushed, or “washed”.
  • 42% of adults said a toothbrush was one invention they couldn’t live without, according to a Lemelson-MIT Invention Index survey.

Facts About Your Mouth

  • The enamel on your teeth is the hardest part of your body.
  • More than 300 different kinds of bacteria can live in your mouth at the same time.
  • A tooth will start to die within 15 minutes of getting knocked out. But keeping it in a glass of milk can prolong its life.
  • 35% of your tooth’s surface can only be cleaned by floss.
  • A third of the whole tooth is not visible, but under the gums (“Titanic”, anyone?).

Facts About Dental History

  • The first recorded dentist, Hesi-Re, practiced in ancient Egypt.
  • The first official female dentist was Lucy Beaman Hobbs, licensed in 1866.
  • The first commercial floss was made in 1882.
  • The first official dental hygienist was Irene Newman, trained in 1905.
  • The tooth fairy left an average of 25 cents per tooth in 1950.
  • The first toothbrushes were made of tree twigs (people chewed the tips to make soft brushes), and animal hair.

Don’t let your teeth become history – take good care of them today and they’ll serve you forever. Contact us today to visit our Fuquay-Varina office and show your smile some love.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Dental School and a recipient of the Monte G. Miska Prosthodontics Award, Dr. Bryden McCormick has been serving the communities of Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs for many years. With a dedication to improving his patients’ overall health, and a passion for working with his hands, Dr. McCormick’s goal is to surpass his patients’ expectations at every turn. Dr. McCormick’s continuing commitment to education has led him to receive fellowship from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. He has completed numerous courses on dental implants, Six Month Smiles®, cosmetic dentistry, and digital dentistry from world-renowned institutions, such as the Scottsdale Center and the Triangle Dental Institute. In the community, Dr. McCormick has volunteered his professional services with the North Carolina Missions of Mercy Clinics, Giving Smiles Events at Raleigh Dental Arts, and the NC Baptist Men’s Mobile Dental Ministry. He also sponsored a Free Dental Day at Fuquay Family Dentistry and served over 100 patients in need within our community. Personally, Dr. McCormick sponsors local community and school events, such as FVAA teams, Friends of the Chorus, Band Booster, Theater Patron at the Fuquay-Varina High School, Theatre Patrons, Friends of the Museums, and local travel baseball and softball teams. Originally from Santa Cruz, California, Dr. McCormick currently resides in Fuquay-Varina with his wife, Kristen, who teaches at Wake Tech. They have three children and a Newfoundland fur ball named Otis. In his free time, Dr. McCormick enjoys smoking ribs, cooking, working in his yard, playing golf, and spending time with his family.

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