07 Nov 4 Fun Teeth Facts
Oral anatomy, like many other parts of the body, is quite fascinating. Every tooth is unique and no two are the same. Historically, people have tried to care for their dental health for thousands of years. Fortunately, modern oral healthcare is effective and widely accessible. Our dentist provides comprehensive general and restorative care to people in our community.
Baby Teeth Form In-Utero
Did you know that when a child is born, his or her deciduous teeth are already underneath the gums? It’s true. The crowns of baby teeth form while a child is in the womb. As a baby grows, their teeth will slowly come through the gums one at a time.
Adult Teeth Form Before Baby Teeth Fall Out
Did you know that adult teeth begin to form while baby teeth are still intact? They begin to form beneath the gums and will eventually push out baby teeth. Permanent teeth are precious and when cared for properly with proper oral hygiene and regular visits to a dentist, they can last for a lifetime.
Teeth Have Stem Cells
If you watch the news, you have probably heard about stem cells and their potential for regenerating damaged and diseased tissue throughout the body. While the full medical benefits of stem cells are unknown, it is interesting to note that teeth have stem cells, too. In fact, some people choose to harvest and store their dental stem cells for future use. There exist companies who cryogenically preserve harvested stem cells.
Oral Hygiene Was an Ancient Practice
Did you know that people have used various methods to clean their teeth for thousands of years? While their teeth-cleaning methods weren’t nearly as effective as today’s oral hygiene practices, ancient people understood the need to try to clean their teeth. Common ancient oral hygiene methods included using twigs with frayed edges as rudimentary brushes and cleansing pastes made from crushed bone or seashells.
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