Created by  Mark A. Hicks, illustrator.


  • Every person has a set of teeth as unique as his or her fingerprints, and even the “dental fingerprints” of identical twins are different
  • Children begin to develop their primary teeth 6 weeks after conception while in their mother’s womb.
  • People don’t chew up and down; they chew side to side just like cows chew!
  • Teeth are the hardest substance in the human body.
  • If you’re right handed, you will chew your food on your right side. If you’re left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.
  • Every person has a unique tongue print.
  • The “sixth sick sheikh’s sixth sheep’s sick” is said to be the toughest tongue twister in the English language.
  • You have 9000 taste buds on your tongue.
  • Although 90% of your taste buds are located on your tongue, the other 10% are found on the insides of your cheeks and your palate
  •  The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva (spit) in a lifetime. That is enough saliva to fill 2 swimming pools!
  • A sneeze zooms out of your mouth at over 600 mph!
  • In early America, blacksmiths often also served as dentists. How about a tooth filling to go with your new horse shoes?!
  • The Father of our country–George Washington– had several dentures made of hippopotamus, cow, walrus teeth and elephant’s tusks.
  • George Washington had only one tooth left in his mouth when he was inaugurated as the first President of the United States in 1789.



  • When damaged or injured, your tongue heals faster than any other part of your body.
  • Bad breath commonly comes from bacteria and debris on your tongue.
  • Your tongue is made up of mostly skeletal muscle tissue and is the strongest muscle in the body.
  • A Giraffe’s tongue is 14-20 inches long.
  • In Tibet it is polite to stick out your tongue.
  • How big is a blue whales tongue? About the size and weight of an elephant!
  • How can you tell when a gorilla is angry? It sticks its tongue out.
  • Butterflies taste with their feet.


Brushing and Flossing…

  • Earliest record of a toothbrush was found in Chinese literature about 1600 AD.
  • The natural bristles of early toothbrushes were taken from the necks and shoulders of swine, especially pigs living in colder climates like Siberia and China. The first nylon bristles were introduced in 1938 replacing the natural swine bristles.
  • First floss was made of silk by Levi Spear Parmly, a New Orleans dentist in the early 1800s.
  • You should replace your toothbrush at least every three months, and always after you have an episode of flu, cold or other viral infections. Notorious bacteria can implant themselves on the toothbrush bristles leading to re-infection.
  • If you don’t floss you miss cleaning 35% of your tooth surfaces.
  • You should brush for 2 minutes – most people brush for only 45 seconds.
  • 6 is the magic number–magic number of feet away from your toilet you should store your toothbrush in order to avoid airborne particles from toilet flushing making their way to your bristles, yuck!
  • The common practice of placing a cap on your toothbrush is actually more detrimental–bacteria favor the moist environment, which increases reproduction.


  • It takes 17 muscles to smile but 43 to frown.
  • The average woman smiles about 62 times a day! A man? Only 8!
  • Kids laugh around 400 times a day. Grown-ups just 15.
  • 50% of people surveyed say that a person’s smile is the first physical trait they notice.
  • Smiling… lowers your heart rate, fights stress, relieves pain–smiling releases endorphin’s which are natural painkillers.



  • The first braces were constructed by Pierre Fauchard in 1728 in France . These braces consisted of a flat strip of metal connected to the teeth by pieces of thread.
  • Metal braces do not set off metal detectors, nor can they pick up radio transmissions!
  • Having braces does NOT increase your risk of getting hit by lightning!


Check out the National Museum of Dentistry for more dental history!!


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