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Some Interesting Dental Facts You Probably Didn’t Know.

By Dr. Randall LeDuke, DDS

Some Interesting Dental Facts  You Probably Didn't Know.• Each person’s set of teeth is unique, much like their fingerprints. Even identical twins do not have exactly the same set of teeth.  That’s why forensic identifications are often confirmed by comparing dental x-rays to otherwise unidentifiable human remains.
• Right-handed people tend to chew their food on the right side; lefties tend to chew on the left side.
• Women average 62 smiles a day while men tend to smile an average of only 8 times per day.  Kids laugh around 400 times a day, but grown-ups average only 15 laughs per day.
• Upon meeting for the first time, 50% of people say that the smile is the first facial feature they notice.  Offering a smile at an introduction makes you seem more approachable, more likable and more trustworthy.  However, 80% say they are not happy with their smile.
• People who drink 3 or more sugary sodas daily have 62% more dental decay.
• People with gum, (periodontal) disease or chronic dental infection are more likely to suffer from heart disease and adult-onset diabetes than those with healthy mouths.
• The average human produces 30,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime, enough to fill a swimming pool.
• Since airborne particles from the toilet flush can travel up to a distance of 6 feet, you might want to keep your toothbrush covered when not in use.  Just a thought…
• Speaking of your toothbrush, you should replace your brush at least every three months and always after infections such as a head cold, flu or other viral infections.  Viruses and bacteria can survive on the bristles for weeks and cause re-infection.
• Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, making teeth ideal for removing bottle caps!  Just kidding… don’t do that.
• Those who don’t floss as part of their daily dental hygiene routine miss cleaning about 40% of the total tooth surface.  Flossing gets into places toothbrush bristles can’t.
• The toothbrush is another gift to civilization of the Chinese.  In the 15th century the Chinese began using toothbrushes with bristles made from the hair of hogs, horses and badgers.  The first commercial toothbrush was manufactured in 1938.
• Machine-spun cotton candy was invented in 1897 by a dentist, William Morrison and confectioner John C. Wharton.  It was first introduced to a wide audience at the 1904 World’s Fair as “Fairy Floss” with great success, selling 68,655 boxes at 25¢ per box (equivalent to $6 per box today). Joseph Lascaux, a dentist from New Orleans, patented a similar machine in 1921. The Lascaux patent named the sweet confection “cotton candy”.
• Eating cheese can actually help repair developing cavities!

The calcium and phosphorous found in cheese is good for your teeth because of casein, a family of proteins comprising 80% of the protein in cow’s milk.  Casein-derived toothpaste compounds are used in tooth remineralization products to stabilize amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP) and release the ACP onto tooth surfaces.

Cavities are areas of de-mineralization that occur when acid producing plaque is allowed to remain on tooth surfaces for prolonged periods of time.  Plaque acids literally dissolve your tooth enamel. Although these products cannot reverse advanced tooth decay, they can help remineralize early, developing cavity lesions.  Dentists often use and recommend home use of casein containing toothpastes with high fluoride content to counter the effects of plaque demineralization on tooth enamel.  Early dental decay found between teeth or at the gum line can be reversed by the timely application of these products.

If you would like to know more about the effects of casein and fluoride containing tooth remineralization products, speak to your dentist or hygienist.  These products, some prescribed and some over-the-counter, can actually help reduce the number of cavities your family experiences.

Dr. Randall LeDuke is a graduate of the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry. He is a past president of the Tennessee Academy of General Dentistry, (www.AGD.org) and has achieved AGD Master status, one of only 48 AGD Master dentists in Tennessee.

Dr. LeDuke holds his permit to administer Limited Conscious Sedation, having received training in this area through the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation. Cosmetic Dentistry is a passion with Dr. LeDuke. He is a member of the Tennessee Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and serves on its Board of Directors. Dr. LeDuke is a general dentist, not an Orthodontic Specialist. However, he has treated hundreds of children and adults within his dental practice over the past twenty-five years. Conventional braces, clear ceramic braces and clear aligner orthodontics (ClearCorrect.com and invisalign.com) are available at our office. Dr. LeDuke has a special interest in interceptive therapies for achieving improved development and alignment of the jaws of young, growing patients.

Please visit our website Smile Gallery at www.smilesbyleduke.com for some examples. Most dental services can be accessed within our office, eliminating the need for out-of-town referrals. Our patients appreciate Dr. LeDuke’s depth of experience and advanced training through years of continuing dental education.

For more information or a consultation appointment with Dr. LeDuke, please call:
731-885-0497
214 West Church
Union City, TN 38261

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