Fun Facts from Your Dentist!

  • China sets aside September 20th as a national holiday known as “Love Your Teeth Day.”
  • During the Middle Ages in Germany, you were advised to kiss a donkey in order to relieve your toothache.
  • Lucy Hobbs was the first woman in the world to earn a D.D.S. degree from a dental school and become a certified dentist. The year was 1866 and the school was the Ohio College of Dental Surgery in Cincinnati, OH.
  • Long ago, people used ground-up chalk or charcoal, lemon juice, ashes or even a mixture of tobacco and honey to clean their teeth. It was only about 100 years ago that someone finally created a minty cream to clean teeth.
  • The average life span of a taste bud is ten days.
  • A third of the population squeezes the toothpaste tube from the middle.
  • A snail can have about 25,000 teeth on its tongue.
  • Pigs have 44 teeth.