Dentistry by Numbers

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In the 21st century, there is data available for just about anything; whether it is sports scores, statistics, economic data, or health.

We use our mouths for so many things; yet how much do you actually know about your teeth?

DENTISTRY BY NUMBERS

32: 12: 4: 8  An adult has 32 teeth which consists twelve molars, four canines or eye teeth, and eight incisors.

20: 8: 4: 8    By the time a child is about two years old, there are 20 teeth consisting of eight molars, four canine, and eight incisors.

10-50 BILLION There are somewhere between10-50 BILLION bacteria in the human mouth. If you lined them up end to end this line would be about 6 miles long!

60%  This is the amount of your tooth surfaces that you are cleaning if you clean your teeth perfectly with a toothbrush.

40%  Of tooth surfaces are cleaned by using floss, not just a toothbrush.

#2  Tooth decay is the #2 chronic medical condition. (Only the “common cold” ranks above this.

62% of the population saw a dentist professionally in 2012.

20  Twenty minutes after one eats, dental plaque, a sticky bacteria buildup will start to form on the teeth.

70% There is a 70% increase in cardiovascular disease in people who do not regularly brush and floss (British Medical Journal).

100x  Smokers are 100 times more likely to develop oral or throat cancers than non- smokers.

There is a lot that you can do to be healthier.  Simple changes in your daily routine: brushing and flossing regularly, and visiting your dentist regularly can have a positive impact on our health.

Preventative Dentistry Cartoon

Keep smiling!

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