How much do you really know about oral health? If you were to answer a questionnaire right now, how many of the questions would you get correct? I’ve put together some fun facts about oral health you may find interesting, some of which you may not have known.
- Enamel. Did you know that the enamel of the tooth is the hardest substance in the body? Enamel is the outer coating of the tooth, it protects the tooth on a daily basis. Enamel can be damaged and does not grow back, which means once damaged, you will need a filling to protect the tooth moving forward.
- We have two sets of teeth during our lives. Our milk or primary teeth push through from a young age, but actually start developing while we are still in the womb. Our permanent teeth start pushing through from the age of six onwards and these will never be replaced. In the event you lose one of your permanent teeth, you will have to consider a dental procedure to hide the gap in the future.
- Before bed is the most important time to brush our teeth. We must brush our teeth twice a day, for two to three minutes a time. Nigh time is the most important time as when we sleep bacteria can breed. Removing plaque before bed reduces the risk of our mouths being filled with unwelcome bacteria until the next brushing.
- Did you know that plaque is made up of more than three hundred bacteria? Plaque is a sticky substance that sticks to our teeth between brushing. It welcomes dangerous bacteria which can cause serious problems to our oral health if the plaque isn’t effectively removed twice daily.
- Saliva is imperative to our oral health. Saliva is alkaline based and helps protect the teeth. What you may not have known is that you will produce enough saliva to fill two swimming pools throughout your life time.
- If you don’t bother to floss at least once a day, you are not leaning up to thirty five percent of the teeth surface. This is why flossing is so important, reaching those hard to reach places that your toothbrush can’t get to.
- Oral cancer has more than six thousand seven hundred new reported cases in the United Kingdom each and every year with over two thousand deaths annually. This is more than cervical and testicular cancers combined.