Brain Floss

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 Did You Know...

 ...Nebraska state law says leather dentures are illegal?

...Snails have anywhere between 15,000 to 50,000 teeth! Many animals can grow replacement teeth should they loose their originals!

...Prince Charles does not squeeze his own toothpaste onto his brush? His personal valet does it for him.

...The Blue Whale is the largest mammal on earth, but it eats only tiny shrimp because it has no teeth. Meanwhile, the Crocodile Bird flies into the open mouth of a crocodile and cleans it's teeth for fun!

...The little indentation under your nose and above your lips is called a philtrum. Science has yet to determine why it's there.

...At least 20 new ideas for tooth care devices appeared in the magazine Popular Mechanics between 1920 and 1930. Interplak was the first rotary action toothbrush for home use that appeared in 1987.

 ...The most expensive tooth in the world belonged to Sir Isaac Newton. It sold for more than $35,000 and was imbedded into a ring.

...Bananas are a good source of tryptophan, which helps the body to produce serotonin and has a calming effect on the brain, helping to stabilize your mood

...Some cheeses like aged-cheddar, Gouda and Muenster, have been found to protect teeth from decay.

...In Louisiana, biting someone with your natural teeth is Simple Assault, while biting someone with your false teeth is Aggravated Assault.

...In 200 AD, the Romans used a mixture of bones, eggshells, oyster shells and honey to clean their teeth. Eeewww!

...The average American will spend approximately 38.5 days brushing their teeth through their entire lifetime.

...March 1st marks National Tooth Fairy Day!.

...Bet you never knew this! Some common tooth remedies from ancient times: for toothache, boil earthworms in oil and use the oil to put drops in your ear. To make loose teeth firm tie a frog to your jaw!

...According to an article in "Grin," a publication by Delta Dental, nail biting has been linked to oral health problems such as teeth clenching and jaw pain which can lead to tooth sensitivity.

...You may know people have 32 adult teeth, but did you know pigs have 44 teeth and armadillos have 104?

...Students ages 5-17 years miss a total of 1,611,000 school days per year due to acute dental problems - an average of 3.1 days per 100 students.

...Kids laugh around 400 times a day, grown-ups just 15!

...A recent survey by a dental product manufacturer indicates Americans prefer blue tooth brushes over red.

...The Mexican version of the Tooth Fairy is known as the Tooth Mouse, which takes the tooth and leaves treasures in its place.

...Half of all Americans say a person's smile is the first facial feature they notice when meeting.

...73% of Americans would rather go to grocery shopping than floss.

... 18 yards: The amount of floss used each year by the average American.

...An apple a day will keep the doctor away, but the dentist... not so much. Apples are slightly acidic. Try a glass of water after eating one to wash the acids off of your teeth!

...Dentist Thomas B. Welch is most famous for developing his grape juice!

...Did you know anyone can move the corners of their mouth to curve up or down. But the muscles around the eyes can't be forced to look happy.

..."Peter Decker" author Faye Kellerman earned a dental surgery degree, but has never practiced!

...Tom Cruise got braces in 2002. The ceramic style made them barely noticable!

...What do dentistry and football have in common? William Osmanski, who became a dentist led the The Bears and the NFL in rushing in 1939.

 ... FORE! A dentist invented the golf tee in 1920. He whittled the first tee with his dental tools!

...A dentist named Pearl Zane Grey wrote 50 westerns and was a prize winning deep sea fisherman.

 ...Babies are not born with the bacteria that cause tooth decay. It is usually spread from mother to baby via kissing or feeding.

...Contrary to popular belief, an aspirin next to a painful tooth is not a good idea. It can burn the gums!

...The National Museum of Denistry is located in Baltimore, MD. This city was also home to the first dental school in the US.

...Scientists are now using bioengineering to grow teeth.

 ...Richard III, Napoleon Bonaparte, Louis XIV and Julius Caesar were each born with a tooth!

...Raymond F. Gist was the first African-American to become president of the ADA.

...The old phrase "long in the tooth," means old, and once referred to horses. The longer the teeth looked as the gums receeded, the older the horse.

...Performers Jill St. John, Jack Klugman, Diana Ross, Carol Burnett and Cher have all worn braces as adults.

...Dental implants were first used in 1965.

...The Statue of Liberty's mouth is 3 feet wide. That girl needs a big brush!

...Earliest record of a toothbrush was found in Chinese literature about 1600 AD.

...Children begin to develop their primary teeth 6 weeks after conception while in their mothers womb.

...James Dean lost his two front teeth in a motorcycle accident & had to wear a bridge!

...Several studies have found that black or green tea has antibacterial powers that help prevent cavities and gum disease.

...Boar, badger and horse hair were used for toothbrush bristles but were later found to be harsh. Gross!

...Did you know the old man in the famous "American Gothic" painting was the artists' dentist?

...A knocked out tooth starts to die in 15 minutes, but if you hold it in place or put it in milk you can buy some time!

...Dentures were common wedding gifts in the British Isles because many people had teeth extracted prematurely.