Mouth Matters

  1. Did you know that more than your bones, the teeth are the hardest substance in the human body?
  2. Did you know that there are over 1000 million bacteria in just one drop of saliva?
  3. Did you know that the earliest toothbrush was developed in China around 1600 BC?
  4. Did you know that the Egyptians used a form of toothpaste made from a mixture of salt, min and pepper 5000 years ago?
  5. Did you know that 78% of Americans have had at least one cavity by age 17? (Centers for Disease Control, 2002)
  6. Did you know that 74% of Americans are affected by some kind of gum disease or gingivitis? (The Academy of General Dentistry, 2002)
  7. Did you know that the cavities in your mouth, if left untreated, can lead to heart disease?
  8. Did you know that if you don't floss, you miss cleaning 35% of your tooth surfaces?
  9. Did you know that the American Dental Association suggests you get a new toothbrush every 3-4 months?
  10. Did you know that you are supposed to brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes, three times a day?

             Now how many of these mouth matters did you know?