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Aroos Experts

Interesting Facts about Teeth

By Aroos guest columnist and dentist Aamir Wahab, DDS


Winter 2013•

Aroos Magazine •

fore they are born. 5. Toothbrush bristles were originally made from the hair of cows. 6. Baby teeth are actually called milk teeth. However, you never should put a

baby to bed with a bottle of milk or any kind of juice. Only a bottle with plain water will not cause tooth decay. 7. Oddly enough a Shark has around 40 sets of teeth in their life time, a mosquito has about 47 teeth and a snail has about 25 teeth….on their tongue. 8. A human baby has 20 teeth which start to grow at about 6 months old. 9. An adult human has 32 permanent teeth. This number includes 4 wisdom teeth however 35% of people’s wisdom teeth do not develop. For many people, wisdom teeth can affect their health and cause many problems with their current teeth. This is why most people have these teeth removed sometime in their lives

10. Humans only have 2 sets of teeth in their life time. The first set is known as your “baby teeth” and you start to lose these teeth around 7 years of age. You should have your full second set of teeth in place before your late teens. 11. Ahumans front teeth are called “incisors” and we have 8 of them. 12. An adult human has 2 “canine” teeth that have points and are used for tearing. 13. A human uses “molars” to grind their food. 14. Teeth are kept alive by blood and nerves and are supposed to last a lifetime. That is, if you take care of them properly! Unfortunately more then 40% of people over the age of 65 no longer have all of their teeth. Also tooth decay is one of the most preventable diseases. 15. Teeth are fixed into jaw bones and held in place by cement. Each tooth has blood vessels and nerves and around two-thirds of the length of your tooth is in your gum.a healthy set of teeth and gums. The health status of the gums and teeth hold great relevance in case of women after marriage because dental problems are more or less certain to crop up during the pregnancy phase.

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I am sure that we can all agree that our teeth are very useful and play a huge role in our daily lives. Typically the first feature that someone looks at on a person is their smile and a person with healthy teeth will definitely give a more positive first impression. Teeth can not only be nice to look at but they allow us to cut and tear apart food so that we are able to swallow it. I bet you didn’t know that we have four different types of teeth with four different functions, one for biting, one for tearing, one for crushing and one for grinding. There is no denying that teeth play a relevant part in the digestion of our food. Read on to find out more fun facts about your teeth. 1. A human child will lose their first tooth around 7 If you happen to have a tooth knocked out you should place the tooth in a cup of water or milk and bring it to the dentist immediately. There could still be a chance that you would be able to save the tooth and reinsert it. 2. The enamel on a humans tooth is the hardest thing in their body. The enamel is also known as a “crown” 3. A mammal has 2 types of teeth called primary and permanent teeth. 4. Teeth in humans start to form be-

Aroos Magazine, Winter '13  
Aroos Magazine, Winter '13