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- The tooth is the only part of the body that can’t heal itself.
- Bones are not the hardest substance in the human body - tooth enamel is. However, using your pearly whites to open bottle caps is not recommended!
- You can only see 1/3 of your tooth. The other 2/3 is hidden under your gums.
- Tooth decay is the second most common disease, second only to the common cold. (probably THE most common chronic disease)
- The vocal cords in our throat helps in forming speech.
- Because air and food both pass through, it is considered to be part of both the digestive and respiratory systems.
- Located at the back and sides of the mouth, your tonsils and adenoids are lymph nodes that help protect against infection. However, both generally serve little purpose beyond childhood.
- Prevalence of gingivitis in dentate (having teeth) adults range from approx. 50-100%! This makes it one of the most common dental problems adults face. It often develops slowly and painlessly.
- People who smoke are 2-7 X more likely to develop gum disease.
- Healthy gums and bone hold teeth firmly in place. Gums attach to teeth just below the edge of the gums. Gum disease affects the attachment between gums and teeth.
- Gum disease begins with plaque. Plaque is clear and sticky and contains germs (or bacteria). So, it is really important to remove plaque every day by brushing and flossing
- A sore jaw combined with arm / chest pain can signal a heart attack – especially in women.
- The human mouth contains more bacteria than there are people on Earth.
- Due to high vascularity, the mouth is one of the fastest healing parts of the body.
- For the same reason, patients suffering from angina (a heart condition) are required to place their medication under the tongue for fast action when suffering from pain.
- Your mouth can tell a lot about the health of the rest of your body including other diseases.
- A tongue contains 2,000 to 10,000 taste buds. Some die off every couple of weeks and are replaced by new ones.
- The tongue is made up of eight muscles
- Spicy “taste” is not really a taste and the sensation is not carried by taste buds - it is a form of “pain” and is carried by the pain conducting mechanism.
- Lips get thinner as you age.
- Your lips have prints just like your fingers. No two pairs are the same.
- Your blood makes your lips look red or blue
- Unique by virtue of being two joints working as one
- Attaches the lower jaw to the skull.
- TMJ disorders can cause pain in the muscles that control jaw movement as well.
- TMJ pain can also be felt in the neck, ear, face, and can even cause migraine.
- Bruxism / teeth grinding can cause TMJ pain