The Mouth Produces Over 25,000 Quarts of Saliva, and Other Weird Tooth Facts!

Child Tooth Facts in Tempe, AZ

Teeth are important for eating, talking, and (most importantly) smiling, but there are some things about teeth you might not know. For instance, did you know that some humans never lose their baby teeth while others never stop growing teeth! We’ve put together a list of some of the weirdest facts about teeth.

  1. Over the course of a lifetime, the average human spends approximately 38.5 full days brushing their teeth.
  2. Some tumors found in testes, ovaries, or near the tailbone have been found with teeth inside of them. Not only that, some of them have even had hair, eyes, and hands!
  3. The average mouth produces over 25,000 quarts of saliva, which helps protect your mouth from germs, over a lifetime – enough to fill two swimming pools!
  4. On average, children smile 400 times a day, while adults only smile 20.
  5. Crowns have been used to cover teeth and fill in for missing ones since 200AD by the Romans.
  6. Adults have 32 teeth, mosquitoes have around 50, and snails have around 25 on their tongues!
  7. The Tooth Fairy exists in most of the world, while Perez the Mouse is the character that takes children’s teeth while they sleep. Instead of under a pillow, children are told to hide their teeth in a glass of water.
  8. Only two-thirds of your tooth is actually visible, while one-third lies beneath your gums.
  9. In the US, an average consumer purchases nearly 14 million gallons of toothpaste on a yearly basis.
  10. The first toothbrush dates as far back as Ancient Egypt, where people used twigs and trees mixed with cinnamon and neem. Scientists have found that the ancient toothbrush was just as effective as modern toothbrushes!