Your Teeth are Amazing
Did you know that your teeth can tell stories about you? People have been caring for their teeth for centuries. To clean their teeth, our ancestors chewed on the frayed ends of twigs. Around 5,000 B.C., the Egyptians used crushed eggshells and ground animal hooves to clean and polish their teeth. The toothbrush as we know it today, came into use in the late 1930s and the first electric toothbrush was introduced in 1954.
Teeth Tell Stories
Scientists can tell a lot about us just by examining our teeth. Teeth can reveal how old we are, what we eat and drink, even where on Earth we may have lived. Our teeth also carry significant clues about our overall health, including periods of stress or illness we’ve endured. The condition of teeth and gums can also give the dentist a clue as to what may be happening elsewhere in our bodies.
Every Tooth is Unique
Every tooth, from baby teeth to permanent teeth, is different in shape and size from any others. Each tooth in your mouth has its own unique profile and differs not only from others in your mouth, but varies widely from person to person.
When You Are Born
When we are born, the crowns of our first 20 teeth are already in place under the gums, waiting for the right time to emerge, somewhere between 3 to 6 months of age. The crowns and roots of adult teeth are already forming under those baby teeth. In 1950, the average gift from the tooth fairy was just 25 cents. Today’s kids get about $2.00 per tooth.
Resource: American Dental Association
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