Fun Dental Facts for Your Kids

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Here at Highland Oaks Family Dentistry, we take pride in our kid-friendly environment: from cartoons, fluffy blankets, and our cuddly stuffed Nemo, we make dental visits a fun and memorable experience. It’s easy to recreate that experience at home while you teach your children the importance of maintaining their oral hygiene with these fun facts.

1. Every Person Has 2 Sets of Teeth

Losing a tooth is always an exciting event—who doesn’t want a visit from the Tooth Fairy? Children start losing their baby teeth at around six years old to make way for their permanent adult teeth.

2. The Average Adult Has 32 Teeth

This includes 12 molars, 8 pre-molars, 8 incisors, 4 canines, and 4 wisdom teeth (but not everyone develops four wisdom teeth!).

3. Your Teeth Are Much Bigger Than You’d Think

Two-thirds of each tooth is actually hidden inside the gum!

4. Teeth Can’t Repair Themselves

Some bones heal by themselves when fractured. Teeth, however, can’t heal themselves, which is why visits to the dentist are very important.

5. The First Toothbrushes Were Sticks

Ancient people chewed on sticks and bark from trees to clean their teeth.

6. Tooth Decay Can Be Infectious

It’s not common for children to love brushing their teeth. But when they find out that tooth decay can actually be spread between people, they just might be reaching for their toothbrushes! Not to mention, tooth decay means that they wouldn’t be able to chew on their favorite foods.

7. Americans Use A Lot of Toothpaste

They buy more than 14 million gallons a year!

8. China Has a Holiday for Teeth

“Love Your Teeth Day” falls on September 20th, but we think every day is love your teeth day!

It’s not impossible to make dental care fun for your children. If you want your child to have a fun and relaxed dental experience, call us at 817-783-4099 to schedule an appointment today!

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