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We know it’s important to take care of our teeth. But here are some interesting things to know about our pearly whites.

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Fun Facts about Dental Health

We know it’s important to take care of our teeth. But here are some interesting things to know about our pearly whites.

Cashing in

In 1950, the average gift from the tooth fairy was 25 cents per tooth. Now, the going rate is around $2.00.1

Your smile is truly unique

Just like fingerprints, no two people have the same set of teeth. And no two teeth are identical in your mouth—each one has its own unique shape and size.1

The average woman smiles 62 times a day. The average man? Only eight.

What our teeth say about us

Teeth can reveal our age, what we eat and drink, and give clues about our overall health, including stress and health.1

78% of Americans have a cavity by the age of 17.

If you don’t floss, you miss cleaning 40% of the surface of your teeth.

Everyday we’re brushin’

The average American spends 38.5 days of their life brushing their teeth.2

More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.2

The first toothbrushes were twigs. Chewing on twigs spread out the fibers which cleaned the teeth.2

The first commercial floss was manufactured from silk in 1882.

Related: Why Smiling Is Good for You

 

References

  1. https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/fun-teeth-facts
  2. https://www.childrensdentalvillage.net/patient/resources/interesting-facts/

Check with your health plan to verify limitations on dental visits and treatments or services beyond a typical exam/cleaning. Depending on your plan, these services are covered differently. 

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Sandy Patton

Sandy is a Marketing Communications Specialist and has been with SelectHealth for 15 years. Her prior roles include health education and wellness coaching.