COOL FACTS

  1. The average person spends about 48 seconds per day brushing their teeth, but hygienists recommend at least 2 or 3 minutes.
  2. Sports-related injuries account for approximately 5 million missing teeth per year, so make sure you wear a mouth guard, if you or your little ones are athletes.
  3. Before the teeth erupt, clean the baby’s mouth and gums with a soft cloth or infant toothbrush at bath time. This helps ready the baby for the teeth cleaning to come.
  4. Breast-feeding has been shown to be beneficial for a baby’s health and development.  With bottle-fed babies after 6 months moms may want to give their baby tea of juice in a bottle. This may be detrimental for your baby’s teeth as the sugar content may cause tooth decay. Especially if the bottle is given for comfort at night or to fall asleep. Try to limit sugar in teas and rather give fruit juices in cups.
  5. Sucking on a thumb, finger, or pacifier is normal for infants and young children; most children stop on their own. If a child does not stop by themselves, the habit should be discouraged after age three.
  6. About 85% of people with persistent bad breath have a dental condition that is to blame. If bad breath is the cause of a dental condition, mouthwash will only mask the odour and not cure it. Flossing daily and brushing your teeth & tongue twice a day can greatly reduce and possibly eliminate bad breath.  Don’t be embarrassed to talk to your hygienist; they are there to help you.
  7. Manual toothbrushes become worn out after about 3 months and are not as effective as they once were. If you have gum disease, you should change your toothbrush every 4 – 6 weeks because bacteria can harbor in the bristles. You should always rinse your toothbrush out with hot water after every use and change it if you have been sick.
  8. The average woman smiles about 62 times per day! A man?…Only 8.
  9. A snail’s mouth is no larger than the head of a pin, but can contain over 25,000 teeth!
  10. Raisins are actually worse for your teeth than chocolate, because of their sticky texture.