Unless you have an annoying toothache, are scheduling your next orthodontic or dental appointment, or are in the oral care profession, then chances are you don’t usually think too much about your teeth. But at Pavlik Orthodontics, we know just how fascinating your pearly whites can be! (Sure, as experts in orthodontics we might be a little bit biased!) Take a look at these unexpected, fun and little-known facts about teeth — we bet they’ll have you thinking about your mouth in a whole new light.
- You’ve heard about blood banks here in the United States, but you probably didn’t know that in Norway they have similar collection facilities that collect baby teeth! As it turns out, deciduous teeth are an effective way to gauge what pollutants exist in the environment. By studying them, Norwegian researchers are learning how such contaminants might impact health. Pretty cool, huh?
- According to 2015 estimates from the American Association of Orthodontists, more than four million Americans are currently sporting braces. But placing a focus on dental aesthetics dates back way before that! Egyptian mummies have been discovered with bands wrapped around their teeth, leading to the finding that dental gaps were fused closed using catgut wiring back in those days.
- A Canadian dentist who paid more than $30,000 for a rotted molar that originated in the mouth of John Lennon is currently trying to figure out how to use the tooth to clone the deceased superstar. (We wish him luck!)
- American dentist Eugene Talbot, one of the earliest proponents of using X-rays in dentistry, believed that the misalignment of teeth was an indication of neurosis, idiocy, and/or mania in those who suffered from it. Well, at least he got the X-ray part right.
- Famous actors in movies including Fight Club, Lord of the Rings and The Hangover have all undergone actual dental work to make their teeth better suit the characters they were portraying, usually by marring or chipping away at the teeth. While we admire their dedication to their roles, the professionals at Pavlik Orthodontics do not condone such treatment of the teeth!
We hope you enjoyed this unusual information about teeth! If you know another interesting fact about teeth, orthodontics or oral health, feel free to share it in the comments. If you have a more practical question or are looking to book an orthodontic appointment, give us a call today at (352) 376-5055 to schedule a free consultation.