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The 13 Oddest Dental Facts

Peculiar Dental Facts

Crazy information floats around about your mouth and teeth and you may wonder whether it is true or false. It’s hard to believe, but evidence supports that some of these crazy details are, in fact, true. So, the next time you brush your teeth, eat a snack, or flash a friendly grin, ponder on these outrageous details about your mouth.

  1. Did you know that the average person spends approximately 38.5 days brushing their teeth over their lifetime? That’s over an entire month of straight brushing!
  2. Want to fill a couple of swimming pools…with spit? The average human produces enough saliva in his/her lifetime (about 25,000 quarts) to do just that.
  3. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body.
  4. If you’re happy and you know it, SMILE! Children smile about 400 times a day.
  5. Ever wonder if women are happier than men? Based on the average number of smiles a day, the answer would be YES. Women smile about 62 times a day compared to men who smile 8 times a day.
  6. No two sets of teeth are exactly the same. Each person’s set of teeth is unique much like their fingerprints.
  7. Does the hand you write with affect your teeth? It can. Right-handed people tend to chew food on their right side of their mouth, while left-handed people tend to chew on their left side.
  8. Every year, close to half a million dollars is spent on chewing gum by kids in North America.
  9. More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones. What’s your preference?
  10. The ancient Greeks used pliers for teeth extractions. Ouch!
  11. Have a toothache? It was a common Middle Age custom in Germany to kiss a donkey to relieve the pain.
  12. The first toothbrush bristles were made from hogs, horses, and badgers.
  13. Keep your toothbrush near a toilet? Airborne particles from a toilet flush can travel up to 6 feet! Think about that the next time you want to place your toothbrush on the bathroom counter.

If you have any questions or concerns about your dental health, please contact Dr. Kevin B. Sands, DDS by calling (310) 273-0111 or filling out our contact form. We look forward to meeting you!

How To Camouflage Yellow Teeth

Less Than Pearly White? Camouflage!

Having white teeth has become an important aspect of looking our best. Even though various methods of whitening, such as hydrogen peroxide gels, bleaching kits, and professional laser treatments, can dramatically whiten teeth, not everyone is best suited for them. Many people either cannot afford whitening treatments or products, have teeth that are too sensitive, or have caps on their teeth, which are unable to be whitened. Fortunately, there are ways to camouflage yellow teeth and make them appear whiter with a few simple tricks.

Skin Tone

Skin tone has a direct effect on the overall appearance of a person’s teeth. The popularity of having tan skin has encouraged many people to routinely visit tanning salons or use sunless tanner to obtain a deeper, darker skin tone. They may not realize it, but they are making their teeth look whiter next to their tan skin. The contrast of darker skin next to lighter teeth makes the teeth appear more vibrant, whereas more pale skin can draw attention to a yellow hue. Simply applying a bronzer to your face can help create a brighter smile.

Choosing the Correct Lipstick

Applying the correct lipstick or lip gloss can greatly enhance the overall appearance of the teeth. Try opting for lipsticks that have a slight blue hue to them. The faint appearance of blue can actually make the teeth appear whiter than they really are. Red colored lipstick is a very popular style and it also contains a blue tint, which will make your teeth look more attractive. Avoid pale shades, as they may make your teeth look yellow and dull.

Other Tips

Having tan skin and wearing the right lipstick are not the only ways to enhance the whiteness of your teeth. Common habits like brushing at least twice a day and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables can also help whiten teeth.

For more information about how Dr. Sands can help you obtain whiter teeth, please call (310) 273-0111 today. Our Beverly Hills cosmetic dentist looks forward to meeting with you to discuss the ways that you can get a whiter smile.

Crazy Cosmetic Dental Procedures

Up until the last few years, the only time that someone could be seen with pointy teeth was around Halloween. However, popular trends, ancient traditions, and mere shock value have encouraged some people to visit the dentist for more than just your common teeth cleaning.

A procedure called “yaeba,” which means “double tooth” in Japanese, has been a growing fad in Japan over the last two years and is sparking a trend in other countries of the world as well. In Western society, an attractive smile generally starts with straight teeth, but in Japan, crooked, pointy teeth are desired because they show that a woman is not perfect, making her more approachable. To achieve a pointy, vampire-like smile for patients, a dentist can either permanently shave down the canine teeth into pointed teeth, or plastic fangs can be applied temporarily with an adhesive. Other cultures and traditions have also influenced people to make drastic alterations to their teeth.

Open wide!

Open wide!

Dennis Avner, also known as “Cat Man,” held the world record for the most body modifications and had his teeth filed and capped in order to achieve a feline appearance. Following an ancient Huron tradition, Avner altered himself to resemble his Native American name: Stalking Cat. He identified with his feline totem animals and had teeth made specifically for him in order to adopt their physical form. Other people have also modified their teeth in order to achieve an animal-like appearance.

Erik Sprague, a performance artist, underwent a dental procedure to further his transformation as “The Lizardman.” In addition to subdermal implants, a full-body tattoo of green scales and green lips, and a split tongue, Sprague had his teeth sharpened into points. He makes his living as a freak show and sideshow performer and uses his body modifications to make money from the shock value of his striking and unusual appearance.

Even with the craze of individuals undergoing bizarre dentistry procedures to get an uncommon look, having straight, white teeth is a sign of oral health that the majority of people long for. To learn more about how Dr. Sands can give you’re the smile you’re looking for, please call (310) 273-0111 today.

Fluoride and You

What is Fluoride and Why Do We Need it?

Fluoride is an abundant mineral that is found naturally in various places all over the world. Not only does it exist in the water that runs out of your faucet, but it is also present in foods such as spinach, grapes, and potatoes. At some point in your life you have probably heard that fluoride is good for your teeth, but in what ways is it beneficial?

Fluoride works to protect and repair teeth by preventing the effects of tooth decay caused by demineralization and restoring the enamel of teeth through remineralization.

Demineralization: Tooth enamel is a highly mineralized substance, meaning that the majority of it is composed of inorganic minerals. Demineralization occurs when acids are introduced to or develop in the mouth and dissolve the essential minerals in tooth enamel, such as calcium. This erodes the enamel and makes teeth more susceptible to cavities and decay. Acids can be present in the mouth simply as a result of consuming acidic foods, and acids are also produced when the sugars in the foods we eat combine with bacteria in the mouth. Fluoride works to prevent demineralization by reducing the bacteria’s ability to produce this harmful acid that damages tooth enamel.

Remineralization: If demineralization has already occurred, fluoride will protect teeth using the remineralization process, in which the fluoride will gather in the damaged areas of the teeth and begin to strengthen the enamel. Patients who are trying to remineralize their teeth should avoid acidic and sugary foods and, instead, consume calcium-rich foods like milk, lean meats, and vegetables, in addition to using fluoride on their teeth.

How to Get Fluoride

Besides water and food, there are other ways to get the necessary amount of fluoride to ensure your teeth are protected from cavities and tooth decay. Fluoride is also present in toothpaste, mouthwash, and in supplemental form. Professional fluoride treatments are also available for patients who are especially in need of them. No matter how you get your fluoride intake, it is important to never consume more than 1.00 ppm (parts per million) of fluoride per day.

Fluorosis

Fluorosis can develop if you consume more than 1.00 ppm of fluoride per day. This dental condition can leave white spots, brown stains, or rough and pitted enamel on the teeth. Although this condition usually occurs in children who are developing their permanent teeth, it can occur in adults as well. To reduce the chances of fluorosis developing on your teeth, be sure check the amount of fluoride that your water contains if you begin taking a fluoride prescription and be sure not to use excess amounts of toothpaste when brushing your teeth.

If you are interested in improving the appearance of your teeth and attaining a more attractive smile, please feel free to call (310) 273-0111 today. Dr. Sands has helped many individuals improve the appearance of their teeth and looks forward to helping you do the same.

 

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