We know the value of a truly great smile, but did you ever stop to wonder about the incredible attributes of the teeth that are behind it?

Teeth have some of the strongest properties in the human body, they start forming before we are even born and over the course of an average lifetime we spend 38.5 days brushing them.

These are just some of the amazing facts about teeth, and there are a whole lot more to brush up on..

Strong, really strong

The enamel on the surface of your teeth is the hardest part of the human body. That said, it’s not impervious to wear, tear and occasional neglect. When bacteria, acid and food debris combine they cause plaque, which can build up on the surface of the teeth.

This starts to dissolve the enamel, causing holes that soon become cavities.

Teeth before you are born

Although they don’t erupt until babies are about six months of age, teeth form long before you are born. Baby teeth play a vital role in a human being’s development, helping with speech, eating and the formation of the jaw.

Essentially, they are place holders for the permanent teeth that will follow, which is why good maintenance and general hygiene is important for baby teeth.

Permanent teeth

Adult teeth start emerging from the age of five onwards, and it takes more than 10 years for all adult teeth to come through. By the time you reach your early 20s you have 32 teeth, counting the four wisdom teeth.

Four types of teeth

Humans have four types of teeth to cut, tear, grind and chew their food. They are incisors, canines, premolars, and molars.

No teeth the same

Your teeth are as unique as your fingerprint. No two people have the same set. Your tongue is also unique, with your tongue print also as individual as a fingerprint.

Something to smile about

The average woman smiles 62 times a day, the average man only eight. Meanwhile children laugh up to 400 times a day, while for adults it’s only 15.

Scary cavity statistics

Globally 60–90 per cent of school children and nearly 100 per cent of adults have dental cavities.

A quick brush up

An average person spends 38.5 days brushing their teeth over their lifetime, but maybe they should be spending longer. The average person only brushes for 45 to 70 seconds a day, the recommended amount of time is 2-3 minutes.

The hand and chew link

If you’re right handed, you will chew your food on your right side. If you’re left handed, you tend to chew your food on your left side.

A bit about saliva

Saliva plays an important role in the digestive process, while also protecting your teeth from bacteria.

In a lifetime your mouth produces almost 24,000 litres of saliva. That’s about two backyard swimming pools.

About Bare Brush

At Bare Brush we have a range of natural toothbrushes that give everyone something to smile about, courtesy of their minimal environmental impact.

Our aim is to offer the best available oral hygiene tools, while also minimising our environmental footprint. It’s the best of toothbrush history and environmental awareness combined in one convenient place.

You can learn more about the Bare Brush here or contact us for further advice.