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Did you know? Dentists recommend that a toothbrush be kept at least two meters away from a toilet to avoid airborne bacteria particles resulting from the flushing.“Because most people store their brushes in the bathroom, it’s easy for them to become infested with fecal matter and other microbes you wouldn’t want in your mouth. If you’re keeping your toothbrush within six feet of a toilet, that’s too close, according to Curatola. People don’t realize there can be more bacteria on a toothbrush than on a toilet seat, Curatola said.” – Fox News [Read more…]
Did you know? There are between 3,000 and 10,000 taste buds on the human tongue. “When you look at your tongue you can see little bumps all over it. These are called ‘papillae’ and our taste buds actually situ on top of the papillae. We can’t see the taste buds with our eyes but they are visible under a microscope. We taste using the five perceptions or elements: sour, salty, sweet, bitter and savory (or umami).All of the different tastes can be detected anywhere on our tongues.” – Scienceforkidsclub.com Read more…..
Did you know? a dental veneer is a layer of material placed over a tooth, veneers improve the aesthetics of a smile and/or protect the tooth’s surface from damage. “There are two main types of material used to fabricate a veneer: composite and dental porcelain. A composite veneer may be directly placed (built-up in the mouth), or indirectly fabricated by a dental technician in a dental lab, and later bonded to the tooth, typically using resin cement. In contrast, a porcelain veneer may only be indirectly fabricated. A full veneer crown is described as “a restoration that covers all the coronal tooth surfaces (Mesial, Distal, Facial, Lingual and Occlusal).Laminate veneer, on the other hand, is a thin layer that covers only the surface of the tooth and generally used for aesthetic purposes.” – Wikipedia [Read more…]
Did you know?The first edible toothpaste was made in 1987 for astronauts. These kinds of toothpastes are still available and used for kids. “Showers on space stations were introduced in the early 1970s on Skylab and Salyut 3. By Salyut 6, in the early 1980s, the crew complained of the complexity of showering in space, which was a monthly activity. The ISS does not feature a shower; instead, crewmembers wash using a water jet and wet wipes, with soap dispensed from a toothpaste tube-like container. Crews are also provided with rinseless shampoo and edible toothpaste to save water.” – Wikipedia [Read more…]
Did you know? Before 1850, all toothpastes were in powder form.“Since 5000 BC, the Egyptians made a tooth powder, which consisted of powdered ashes of ox hooves, myrrh, powdered and burnt eggshells, and pumice. The Greeks, and then the Romans, improved the recipes by adding abrasives such as crushed bones and oyster shells. In the 9th century, Iraqi musician and fashion designer Ziryab invented a type of toothpaste, which he popularised throughout Islamic Spain. The exact ingredients of this toothpaste are unknown, but it was reported to have been both “functional and pleasant to taste”. It is not known whether these early toothpastes were used alone, were to be rubbed onto the teeth with rags, or were to be used with early toothbrushes, such as neem-tree twigs and miswak. During Japan’s Edo period, inventor Hiraga Gennai’s Hika rakuyo (1769), contained advertisements for Sosekiko, a “toothpaste in a box.” Toothpastes or powders came into general use in the 19th century.” – Wikipedia [Read more…]
Did you know? Your tongue is the fastest healing part of your body.“This is due to the rich supply of blood the tongue receives, making it able to heal twice as fast as any other part of the body. This includes taste buds, which is why someone can burn taste buds eating hot food and later be able to taste perfectly fine because the taste buds have quickly healed.Another reason for the quick recovery of taste buds is that the mouth is constantly replenishing taste buds. Over a period of ten days, the tongue’s basal cells mature and regenerate, moving toward the top of the individual taste bud. Once it reaches the top, however, it only lasts a few hours before being washed away by saliva inside the mouth.” – Add Colour To Your Life [Read more…]
Did you know? The type of wire used for dental braces was invented by NASA. “Dr. Angle’s developments may have been innovative, but gold braces were also expensive. The field of orthodontics took a giant leap when NASA developed a metal alloy called nickel titanium in 1959. Though they created this heat-resistant metal for space-bound shuttles, it was also perfect for making thin, highly flexible wires that could maintain their shape after being bent and attached to a wearer’s teeth.” – Blue Ridge Orthodontics [Read more…]
Did you know? The tooth is the only part of the human body that can’t repair itself. “Teeth don’t repair themselves like other body organs because teeth are made of enamel, which is the hardest substance in the entire human body. It also has a very high percentage of inorganic material within it. It doesn’t contain many proteins and cells, which are present in ample amounts in other parts of the body” – ScienceABC [Read more…]
Did you know? Just like fingerprints, tooth prints are unique to each individual.“Your teeth not only reveal your DNA—which is why dental records are often used to identify bodies—but are particular to you based on your personal habits. Perhaps you clench your jaw, grind your teeth, play a certain instrument, or hold keys in your mouth on the way to the car. Because of this environmental wear and tear, even identical twins have different sets of teeth” – Reader’s Digest [Read more…]