Dental health is quite intriguing. There are plenty of myths around that we blindly believe and follow. Dental health is a whole science in itself and there is a lot more to it than appears so. Here are some interesting facts that an average person does not know about dental health.

  • The commonly used practice of putting a cap on a toothbrush is actually more detrimental. The moisture entrapped in the cap favors bacterial growth.
  • You should not brush within 6 feet of a toilet. The airborne particles from the flush can travel up to a distance of 6 feet.
  • 75% of the United States population suffers from some stage of periodontal gums disease.
  • People who tend to drink 3 or more glasses of soda or pop daily have 62% more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss than others.
  • The first tooth brush with bristles was manufactured in China in 1498. Bristles from hogs, horse and badgers were used. The first commercial toothbrush was made in 1938.
  • Fluoridated toothpastes when ingested habitually by kids can lead to fluoride toxicity.
  • You should replace your toothbrush after an episode of flu, cold or other viral infections. Notorious microbes can implant themselves on the toothbrush bristles leading to re-infection.
  • New babies do not have tooth decay bacteria. Often, the bacteria are transmitted from mother to baby when she kisses the child or blows on hot food/drink before feeding the baby.


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West Jordan, UT 84088

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