Monday, January 23, 2012

7 Amazing Dental Facts You Haven't Heard...

There are plenty of myths around that we blindly believe and follow, often being passed down from generation to generation.  Dental health is a whole science in itself and there is a lot more to it than what meets the eye!

Here are seven interesting facts to bust those myths...

7. The commonly used practice of putting a cap on toothbrush is actually more detrimental. The moisture entrapped in the cap favors bacterial growth.

6. People who tend to drink 3 or more glasses of soda/pop daily have 62% more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss than others.

5. You are supposed to replace your toothbrush after you have an episode of flu, cold or other viral infections. Notorious microbes can implant themselves on the toothbrush bristles leading to re-infection.

4. The first toothbrush with bristles was manufactured in China in 1498. Bristles from hogs, horses and badgers were used. The first commercial toothbrush was made in 1938.

3. You are not supposed to brush within 6 feet of a toilet. The airborne particles from the flush can travel up to a distance of 6 feet.
2. New born babies are born with sterile mouths, therefore they do not have the bacteria that leads to tooth decay. Often, the bacteria are transmitted from mother to baby when she kisses the child or blows in hot food/drink before feeding the baby.

1. 75% of the United States population suffers from some stage of periodontal gum disease. 
Do you have more questions? Feel free to call us for more info or to set up an appointment!
The Shaw Center for Dental Excellence
1111 Lincoln Road Suite 740
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 532-5044