We can’t really explain why, but even before we knew all of these strange and unusual facts, we were weirdly fascinated by teeth. But when you stop to think about how they’re just these exposed bones that we have to keep clean and make sure we don’t break because they won’t grow back. After, you know, falling out initially, then growing back. As we said, we can’t really explain it, but we can share some crazy facts with you. Let’s get started!
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Airborne particles from the toilet can make their way to your toothbrush. So just make sure to keep those guys in a drawer or at least six feet from the toilet. *insert many upside-down smiley face emojis here*
Ever wonder where your baby teeth come from? The answer is below your eyes and in your chin. Sweet dreams!
After 17 years of trial and error, the first toothpaste was invented in 1908. And thirty years later, in 1938, toothbrushes hit the shelves!
If you or someone you know has crooked teeth, you can thank agriculture for that. That’s right, back when we were hunters and gatherers, we didn’t have this whole crooked teeth issue, but as food became softer and required less chewing, scientists believe that over time our jaws became shorter and wider, our teeth, however, didn’t get the memo and now there’s less room in our mouths for our teeth.
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Way back when America was brand new, blacksmiths served as dentists. So the same person clanking around on horseshoes would clank around in your mouth. We hope they used different tools, but we can’t get the sound out of our heads.
The year was 1911 and explorer Apsley Cherry-Garrard was doing what he did best, err, exploring Antarctica. As we know Antarctica can be frigid and well, apparently when the temperature drops to -75 degrees Fahrenheit your teeth could very well chatter so hard they actually shatter, which is precisely what happened. Out of the entire four-man group, Garrard was the only one that lived to tell the tale.
Who hasn’t enjoyed getting lost in Roald Dahl’s world be it by way of the big screen or in a book? Well, this famous author actually had all of his teeth pulled when he was 21 because he felt like they were more trouble than they were worth.
We’ll leave you on a weird note, if you had a toothache in Medieval Germany the “cure” would have been to kiss a donkey.
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