The stone-faced farmer in artist Grant Wood’s famous “American Gothic” painting was actually the artist’s dentist! (Dr. Byron McKeeby)
Weird Dental Facts
Like your fingerprints, everyone has a unique set of teeth. Even identical twins have different “dental fingerprints”!
What’s the object most often choked on by Americans? A toothpick! Wouldn’t it just be easier to floss?
In Egypt, mummies have been found with fillings comprised of resin and malachite, and gold wire was used to bind together loose teeth.
In China, in 1498, the first toothbrush with bristles was made, using hair from hogs, horses, and badgers. The first official commercial toothbrush was manufactured in 1938.
At least 3 out of 4 Americans suffer from some form of periodontal gum disease, which is the leading cause of tooth loss for people over the age of 35.
According to a survey by Time magazine, 59% of people would rather have a dental appointment than sit next to someone who is talking on a cell phone.
73 percent of Americans would rather go grocery shopping than floss.
(I'm sorry, but this is surprising . . . why?)