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Jaw Relaxing Fun Dental Factoids

March 14, 2012
by ken

Here are some fun dental facts that will make you smile, chortle or guffaw:

Curious about how much the Tooth Fairy pays for lost teeth stored under the pillow? Insurance providers are ready to pay anything between 10cents and a whooping $50. Some insurers really know how to make loosing a tooth worthwhile

An Aztec sweet herb called Lippa Dulcis is actually 1,000 times sweeter than sugar, it contains very little calories and it does not cause tooth decay. So what are sweetener and sugary foods manufacturers waiting for?

Didn’t know until now how to call it when you burn the roof of your mouth by biting a sizzling slice of pizza? Officially, they call it “pizza palate”. Actually, it doesn’t matter what hot food or liquid you consume when burning your palate, it is still called a pizza palate.

The Chinese do have a national holiday, which is dedicated to teeth. It is called “Love your Teeth Day” and it is celebrated on September 20.

Looney laws time: Women in Vermont must obtain written permission from their husbands in order to wear false teeth.

According to a survey, ¾ of the Americans would prefer to go grocery shopping rather than floss their teeth; another survey shows more than 50% of Americans would rather sit in the dentist’s chair than having to sit next to someone talking on the cell phone.

Have you ever wondered which the most often choked on item is? It’s the toothpick

Kids in N. America spend every year nearly 2 billion dollars on chewing gum. This is pretty much the same amount of money American adults spend on a yearly basis for their dental hygiene products (toothpaste, dental floss and mouthwash)

Dental politics: according to a poll conducted in the state of MI, Protestants, republicans and women actually brush their teeth much more often than Catholics, democrats and men.

Dental floss was first manufactured in 1882, and it was made of silk

The most valuable tooth in the world? This is the tooth of the Tyrannosaurus Rex which was sold for $56,250. This is also the largest tooth ever found, with a length of over 13cm.

According to a New Scientist report, people with red hair do actually need a higher dose of anesthetics to numb the pain compared to the dose required by other patients. According to researchers, people with red hair are more sensitive to pain because of a mutation in the genes that affects the color of the hair. The research has been published in the Journal of American Dental Association.