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Dr. Badwalz
17 Aug 2016

10 Surprising Facts About Your Teeth!

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egyptian-1162184_1280Everyone knows that it’s important to take care of our teeth. They not only help us break down and chew food while we eat, they also have other important functions and help us show off our smile


Taking care of our teeth is not something that is relatively new. The ancient Egyptians knew the importance of taking care of teeth and even had their own versions of a filling. They would use barley, honey, and yellow ochre to make a makeshift filling or instead, would dip a piece of linen in fig oil and pack it in the tooth. There is also evidence to suggest that they performed extractions and drilling as early as 3000-2500 BC!


Here are some interesting facts that you may not have known about your teeth:

Tooth Enamel

is the hardest substance produced by our body! It is even stronger than our bones and is the last thing to break down so it’s important to take care of your teeth and keep up with brushing, flossing, and visiting our office for your cleanings.

Not Self-Healing

Unlike skin or other parts of our body, our teeth are not self-healing or self-repairing. This is the reason why you have to come to the dentist and have treatment done when a cavity forms or other damage is done.


Like Cows

We don’t move our mouths up and down when we chew. Instead, we make a sideways motion just like cows.

Chew A Stick

In the past, people would chew on twigs and roots to help clean their teeth.

Tooth Decay

Is one of the oldest diseases known and is the second most common in the world, after the common cold.

A Snowflake

snowflake-686174_1920Everyone has their own unique set of teeth! No two people will ever have the same ones, which is why it is important to help keep them clean and healthy!

Over A Month

Over the course of your life, you will spend an average of about 38 days brushing your teeth.

Milk Teeth

Your teeth will start to form before you are even born! Baby teeth (also known as milk teeth) begin to form when the baby is in the womb and start to come through a child’s gums when they are between 6-12 months old.


iceberg-892518_1920You aren’t able to see your entire tooth. About 2/3 of your tooth is above your gum line and 1/3 is below. This is why it is important to keep your gums healthy!

First Impressions

About 50% of people say that the first thing they notice about a person is their smile


The dental practice of Dr. Badwalz,is located at 3178 Collins Drive in Merced. He has been active in the Merced community since 2009. Make sure to visit Pearl Family Dentistry at or you can also find us on Facebook if you’d like to join in on the conversation there. Call us today 209-383-6133 to make an appointment for your six-month check-up or to finish your treatment.

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