6 Interesting Tooth Facts

July 22, 2022

You don’t go through an extra two years of dental school to become an endodontist if you don’t find teeth fascinating. Here are a few fun facts about teeth that we have collected over the years.

Trying to get your kids more interested in dental care? These interesting facts from the team at James A. Penney, III, DDS, PA Endodontics in Little Rock, AR are a great way to make brushing and flossing more fun.

1. Giraffes have the same number of teeth as humans. T his fascinatingly tall animal only needs it’s tongue and 32 teeth to eat leaves off trees.

2. Sharks have a seemingly unlimited supply of teeth. Sharks can have up to 20,000 teeth in a lifetime. This is because their teeth are always growing back. Shark teeth also almost never get cavities because they contain fluoride.

3. The Blue Whale does not have any teeth. The magnificent Blue Whale might be the largest mammal on earth, but they don’t have any teeth. Their diet consists of only shrimp.

4. Brushing your teeth with the opposite hand could help increase your self control. Bored with brushing your teeth? Brushing your teeth is the most important part of keeping your teeth healthy and disease-free. If you are looking for a new challenge, try brushing your teeth with the opposite hand. This will challenge your brain and increase your self control.

5. Due to the appearance of dental decay, early dentist believed that toothaches and cavities were caused by tooth worms. Thankfully science has proven that superstition to be false. The invention of the microscope helped scientists better understand dental diseases.

6. Odontalgia means toothache. Looking to spice up your vocabulary? “Odontalgia” was actually the winning word of the 1986 National Spelling Bee.

Due to new scientific studies and updated technology, we are always learning more about our teeth. At James A. Penney, III, DDS, PA Endodontics, we are dedicated to offering our clients the latest in dental technology. We want to help you find the best solution for your dental needs.

Our goal is to help you keep your beautiful, natural smile healthy.

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Thanks for reading! We hope these random, humorous tooth facts helped you appreciate your healthy smile a little more. We sure do!