* Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body; however, we do NOT recommend that you use your pearly whites to open bottles!
* The plaque found on your teeth is home to more than 300 different species of bacteria. Listerine, anyone?
* 6 is the magic number–magic number of feet away from your toilet you should store your toothbrush in order to avoid airborne particles from toilet flushing making their way to your bristles, yuck!
* In 1994, a West Virginia prison inmate braided dental floss into a rope, scaled the wall, and escaped! We suggest that you use it to clean the 35% of your teeth’s surfaces that you are missing when only brushing, rather than to escape from any prisons (better yet, just don’t go to prison, ok?)
* In China, in 1498, the first toothbrush with bristles was made, using hair from hogs, horses, and badgers. The first official commercial toothbrush was manufactured in 1938.
* A snail’s mouth is no larger than the head of a pin, but can contain over 25,000 teeth!
* In early America, blacksmiths often also served as dentists. How about a tooth filling to go with your new horse shoes?!
* In Egypt, mummies have been found with fillings comprised of resin and malachite, and gold wire was used to bind together loose teeth.
* The Romans, in 200 AD, used pretty impressive dental technology! They restored cavity-ridden teeth with gold crowns, and utilized fixed bridgework to fix gaps from missing teeth. They also used a form of toothpaste concocted from honey and crushed eggshells.
* In Medieval Germany, the only cure for a toothache was to kiss a donkey. Pucker up!
* The average woman smiles about 62 times per day! A man? Only 8.
* Like your fingerprints, everyone has a unique set of teeth. Even identical twins have different “dental fingerprints”!
* The stone-faced farmer in artist Grant Wood’s famous “American Gothic” painting was actually the artist’s dentist!
* Contrary to popular belief, George Washington’s famous dentures weren’t made from wood. His four pairs of custom chompers were crafted from gold, ivory, lead and a mixture of human, donkey, and hippopotamus teeth (take care of yours and you won’t have to think about it!).