It’s always a good idea to have some fun hip-pocket information to lighten up a dull topic. What could be fun about dental history, you may ask? Well, you might be pleasantly surprised.
If you need to engage your kids into brushing, bring these out and make a game of it. See how many they know…and for that matter…how many do you know?
So, let’s play…True of False…
some cheese helps prevent tooth decay
- Certain cheeses including aged cheddar, Swiss and Monterey jack have been found to protect teeth from decay.
- Not only is tooth decay the most common and widespread disease of humankind, it is the oldest. Skulls of prehistoric humans have been examined and tooth decay has been found.
- In ancient Egyptian times, you were more likely to suffer from a toothache if you were well-to-do. This was because those who could afford to ate sweets (such as honey), while the workers ate onions.
- Today’s tooth fairy needs a lot more silver than she did in 1900, when she left an average of twelve cents. In 1998, the tooth fairy left an average of one dollar. In 2013, the going rate for a lost tooth reached an all-time high with an average of $3.50. That is until 2018…when most kids are finding a 5 spot under the pillow in the morning. (If you give less than that…you can leave this one out!)
- Athletes are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth when not wearing a mouth guard during athletic activities.
- Among the first known dentists in the world were the Etruscans. In 700 BC, they carved false teeth from the teeth of various mammals and produced partial bridge work good enough to use when eating.
Sharing fun facts about dental hygiene, dental health, or other dental-related mysteries make great conversation starters when teaching your child how to brush or at least getting them to engage when maybe they’d rather not.
Oh, and by the way…all the answers above are TRUE!
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