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  • Humans have six major salivary glands (parotid, submandibular, sublingual) and approximately 1,000 minor ones.
  • Without saliva, we would not be able to taste anything.
  • On average, we produce about 1.5 litres of saliva each day and 37,000 litres of saliva during our lives.
  • The inside of your mouth contains over 700 different species of bacteria, and there are 6 billion of them. Some promote health, and others cause disease.
  • Teeth start to form before you are even born—some babies are born with teeth, usually the lower central incisors.
  • Children have 20 teeth while adults have 32.
  • Poor oral health is usually associated with systemic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, dementia, impotence and osteoporosis.
  • Chlorine can deposit residue on your teeth, turning them yellow or brown after constant exposure. It is called swimmer calculus.
  • If you brush for two minutes, twice a day, every day, for most of your life, you would be spending over two months of your life brushing your teeth.
  • Teeth are alive with nerve, blood vessels and connective tissues.
  • The tongue is a big piece of muscle that is the only muscle in the human body that works without any support from the skeleton, and it is the only muscle in the body that has an attachment on one end only. Your tongue is also the strongest muscle in your body relative to its size.
  • The human tongue is comprised of eight muscles. These muscles give the tongue an incredible range of possible movements, including shortening or lengthening, curling and uncurling, and rolling. Without all these movements, we would have a much harder time speaking and eating!
  • 15% of the population cannot curl their tongue into a tube.
  • There are approximately 10,000 taste buds in your mouth. Most of them are on your tongue, but a small number locate on the cheeks and palate.
  • Females have more tastebuds than males.
  • Of all the five senses -sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch, the taste is the weakest.
  • Everyone has their unique tongue print, just like our fingerprints.
  • Taste bud can only live for ten days.
  • Plaque is a residue that is made up of bacteria in the mouth. Tartar or calculus is the calcified plaque sticking onto the teeth. Both plaque and tartar cause gum disease.
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COVID-19 and Oral Health

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Management of Stressors in Dentistry

Last week, I blogged about dentists' stress in their clinical lives. Stress can never be eliminated from a dental practice. However, it must be minimized as much as possible to… Read More

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