Unless you are getting ready for a date or a visit to the dentist , you might not spend a lot of time paying attention to your teeth. Moreover, your dental care takes up a measly five-minutes of your day, if not even less, flossing included. Some fun dental fact you probably didn’t know.
Yet our teeth have surprisingly versatile roles in our lives, from digestion and speaking to providing physical support to our mouth, and giving us a very important form of non-verbal communication – a ravishing smile. Therefore, your teeth deserve more attention and extra care, so these fun facts about dental care will inspire you to appreciate them more!
1. About 55% of people would share their toothbrush
Whether it’s with your significant other (28%), which is least harmful for an obvious reason, with your kids (18%), a friend (7%) or perhaps a celebrity (6%). Surprisingly enough, over a half of the world’s population is willing to share their toothbrush. Our friendly advice: don’t, it’s not worth the risk.
2. We spend almost 39 days in our lifetime brushing our teeth…
…but in reality, we should spend at least 122 days if we were to follow our dentists’ instructions religiously and brush for at least 2 minutes every time! In fact, most people spend under one minute on this life-saving activity, so it might be a good idea to use a timer.
3. Selfies can help you improve your brushing skills
Now here’s a brain-teaser! Apparently, according to research conducted by the Case Western Reserve University, if you use your smartphone to record yourself while brushing, you and your dentist can gain new insights into your dental care habits. That will allow you to change unhealthy patterns and learn proper brushing more quickly.
4. More people seem to own a phone than a toothbrush
While it’s almost impossible to establish the numbers accurately, it seems that compared to 4 billion phone owners, there are approximately 3.22 billion toothbrush users in the world. Time for a change in priorities?
5. Brushing regularly can burn over 3500 calories per year
If you need extra motivation to brush three times a day for at least two recommended minutes, it will help you lose a kilo per year just by brushing!
6. You should replace your toothbrush after a cold or a flu
Even though this is advised, we have a perfect solution for you to keep your brush head a few more days before you need to replace it. Violife’s toothbrush sanitizers will kill 99.9% of germs and bacteria thanks to the powerful germicidal ultraviolet bulb. It’s powerful against nasty germs like H1N1, E. Coli, Staph, Salmonella, Strep, and Listeria. Violife’s UV Toothbrush Sanitizers penetrate the cells of bacteria, disrupting their DNA and killing all the disease causing agents. Read more about How UV Light Sanitizes your Toothbrush.
7. Too much soda can lead to 62% more dental problems
Dental care goes beyond our brushing routine. That’s why it’s essential to focus on a healthy diet and teeth-friendly foods to protect your oral health, so skip those sugary drinks and replace them with something nutritious. Only three glasses per day can wreak havoc on your pearly whites.
8. NASA invented the alloy used for making braces
If you wish to improve your smile with the help of braces, then you should know that NASA is responsible for concocting this particular metal alloy for their space program, and clever orthodontists started using it for making flexible, durable braces.
9. Brushing is a real life-saver
With no exaggeration, brushing prevents periodontal disease along with many other dental issues, which have been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, pneumonia and arthritis, among other things.