8 Incredible Facts About Your Teeth You Don’t Know
The knowledge of most people about teeth comes down to the basic principles of caring for them: brushing twice a day, preferably two or three minutes, consuming fewer candies and nuts. Perhaps for you, this knowledge may be supplemented from dental commercials.
In general, if your knowledge about teeth is limited to only a short text on the packaging of toothpaste and TV advertising, then we want to introduce you to some interesting facts related to teeth.
Teeth are the only part of the human body that doesn’t have the property of regeneration. Unlike other tissues of our body, they do not regenerate themselves. When dentists say that teeth should be treated carefully, they do not just fill the ears with a commercially viable flow of speech. Therefore, we recommend you respect the uniqueness of your teeth and do not neglect visits to the dentist.
The condition of the bite has a close relationship with the musculoskeletal system. If a patient has an overbite, then in almost 90% of cases this means that he has problems in different parts of the spine.
The fact is that the human head has its own mass and center of gravity. When the center of gravity is shifted, problems with posture begin, which is stabilized by the compensatory mechanism of the muscles and ligaments of the maxillofacial system. Such problems lead to an increase in bite disturbance (the jaws are displaced relative to each other).
Since teeth have only one life, nature has endowed them with unique strength. The presence of calcium in a human tooth is so great that its strength is comparable with some types of steel. This allows the enamel to be resistant to external influences, food acids and remain whole throughout human life.
Saliva plays a role in the protection of tooth enamel. It contributes to the maintenance of acid-base balance. During life about 500,000 liters of saliva forms in the oral cavity, our teeth are under reliable protection. By the way, with age, the amount of saliva secreted decreases, which makes teeth vulnerable and increases the need for full teeth implants in older people.
Another interesting fact is related to caries. This dental disease has always existed, but it became most prevalent in the 19th century. This is due to the sharp reduction in sugar, which has become much more often used in the diet of people. This historical fact should remind you once again that eating a lot of sweets is harmful not only to the figure.
The dental profession is much older than we think. This is indicated by evidence from dental excavations found in ancient Egypt. Prosthetic technology is similar to today's dental bridge, and they were made of precious metals. Also, the use of dentures took place in Europe before the birth of the Roman Empire.
Braces at first were used by the British soldiers. It was a metal construction that was put on the teeth, but not for the purpose of aligning them. Thus, the soldiers tried to protect their teeth from blows of the enemy.
The first case of the use of protective caps in sports is dated to 1913. Then the English boxer Gershon Mendeloff first in history came out to fight with a rubber plate in his mouth, which became the prototype of today's mouthguard. By the way, this method is used to protect teeth. American football, men's lacrosse, and hockey players wear mouthguards. The last one, by the way, is the most dangerous sport for the teeth. According to statistics, 68% of professional hockey players have lost at least one tooth during their careers.