32% of Americans cite bad breath as the least attractive
trait of their co-workers.
total days an average American spends brushing teeth over lifetime.
Americans would rather go grocery shopping than floss.
32% of Americans cite bad breath as the least attractive trait of their
60% of people who don't know that a sore jaw, when combined with
chest pain, can signal a heart attack-especially in women
= the total days an average American spends brushing teeth over a
73% of Americans would rather go grocery shopping than floss.
Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least six (6)
feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the
A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans.
Every year, kids in North America spend
close to half a billion dollars on chewing gum
The number of cavities in the average mouth is down and people are
keeping their teeth longer. People, on average, have healthier
mouths than even 10 years ago. Specifically:
---The decline in tooth decay was greatest among kids but holds across
every age group.
---Only 40% of young people age 6 to 19 had ever in their lives had
cavities. That’s down from 50% a decade ago.
---Over the last ten years the proportion of people age 60 who’d lost
all their teeth had decreased from 33% to 25%.
---Use of dental sealants, which block tooth decay on the chewing
surfaces of kids’ vulnerable molars, was up 64%. 30% of kids had had at
least one sealed tooth.
---Adults with post-high-school degrees had an average of three more
teeth than those without a high school diploma.
---Smokers remain three times more likely than non-smokers to lose all
their teeth. This figure has not changed from a decade ago.
---Socio-economic status plays a definite role in one’s general and
dental health....33% of low-income adults have untreated decay. This
compared with 16% of middle- and higher-income adults. 19% of kids
living in poverty have untreated decay compared with 8% of wealthier
kids. CDC & ADA 1/06
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people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.
fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different
The average toothbrush contains about 2,5000 bristles
grouped into about 40 tufts per toothbrush. The tufts are folded
over a metal staple and forced onto pre-cored holes in the head and
fused into the head with heat. The handle is made of at least two
materials, usually plastic and rubber. The grips used for the
handle is: precision, power, spoon, oblique and distal oblique.
AGD Impact 2/2003
The average woman smiles about 62
times a day!
A man? Only 8!
Kids laugh around 400 times a day.
Grown-ups just 15:-(
Smilers in school yearbooks are more likely to have successful careers
and marriages than poker faced peers
According to a 1997 Gallup Poll,
dentistry is the fifth most trusted profession in America. Another
recent Gallup Poll indicated that dentists generally get high marks from consumers for their interpersonal
skills and delivery of quality care.
A survey by Louis Harris and Associates reported that 83 percent of
American adults were very satisfied with services received from their
dentists. A recent Gallup Poll also reported that 92 percent or the
respondents stated that they would recommend their dentist to someone
IDF Joseph Chamberlain, D.D.S
Tooth decay remains the most common chronic disease
among children ages 5-17 with 59% affected.
More than 51 million hours of school are lost each year by children due
to dental related illness.
Employed adults lose more than 164 million hours of work each year due
to oral health problems or dental visits.
Just 40% of children in poor or near-poor poverty level had a preventive
dental visit in the past year.
44% of dental care expenditures are paid out-of-pocket.
Source: Issue Briefs on Challenges for the 21st Century: Chronic and
How people take care of their mouths is often a reflection about how
they feel about themselves. At birth the only fully
developed organ is the tongue. It is needed for sucking. For
the first two months of life our mouth is our primary organ. We
use for survival, expressing ourselves and to explore our new
world. consequently it
is very significant in our unconscious. Because of this it is my
opinion that how we take care of our mouths is a reflection of how we
feel about ourselves. People who feel good about themselves take
good care of their mouth and people who have a poor self image generally
do not take good care of their mouth. Marvin Mansky
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Dentists rate big (61%) in ethics poll for honesty and
trustworthy AGD Impact pg 8 March 2004.
Responding to the 2003 Lemelson-MIT Invention Index
survey, 34 percent of teens and 42 percent of adults chose the toothbrush
first when asked to select the invention they could not live without
from among five choices. The other four: the personal computer,
automobile, microwave and cellular phone.(2003)
The survey of 1,000 people in Britain asked a range
of teeth-related questions. Almost half the men polled said they would
have teeth- whitening treatment compared with 35% of women. Good teeth
and a nice smile came second in the list of what females look for in
men, after eyes. For men a good body was the important thing they look
for, followed by eyes, hair, and teeth.
Royal smile -there is someone whose job includes
squeezing Prince Charles's toothpaste onto the royal toothbrush. That
someone is Michael Fawcett, the prince's personal valet. Since Fawcett
is, according to various news reports, the only person Charles trusts
with this awesome responsibility, one must presume that the heir to the
throne's dental hygiene declines precipitously whenever the valet goes
Americans spent nearly $2.025 billion on Halloween
candy this year. That would fund the National Institute of Dental and
Craniofacial Research for almost six years. (ADA
A poll conducted in Michigan showed that Republicans,
Protestants & women brush their teeth more often than Democrats,
Catholics & men. 2% of those polled said they don't brush at all.
Cited: RepConnect #13 June 2003
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Year commercial floss was first manufactured:
Material it was first made of: silk
Newest material: Gore-tex
Amount bought per person: 18 yards
Amount that should be bought per person: 122 yards
(figuring one foot a day)
Percent who say they floss daily: 28% (some are
fibbing, according to the sales data above)
In 1994 a prison inmate in West Virginia braided floss
into a rope, scaled the wall and escaped.
83% of people believe their teeth are more important
to their appearance than hair and eyes,
according to a recent survey
conducted by Roper ASW in conjunction with ReachMax.
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33% of Americans have untreated tooth decay.
In children under age 16, regular brushing with
fluoridated toothpaste results in 24 percent fewer cavities than does
brushing with non-fluoridated toothpaste. (Cochrane.org)
Percent of Persons Ages 2-17 with a Dental Visit in
the Past Year: 74.1% (2000)
Percent of Persons Ages 18-64 with a Dental Visit in the Past Year:
Percent of Persons Ages 65 and Over with a Dental Visit in the Past
Year: 56.4% (2000)
drink 3 or more sugary sodas daily have 62% more dental decay,
fillings and tooth loss
78% of Americans have had at least 1 cavity by age
90% of systemic disease have oral manifestations.
You are not "to old for good dental care"
the average 65 year old has 17.3 years of life remaining!
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$1.8 Billion dollars is the total annual consumer
spending on toothpaste.
Colgate Palmolive Company now has 34.6% share of
the US toothpaste market. Its recently introduced Simply White
tooth-whitening product gained a 30% share of the at-home whitening
74% of Americans are affected by some type of
periodontal or gum disease or gingivitis.
$775 Million dollars is the total annual consumer spending
$885 Million dollars if the total annual consumer spending
on oral antiseptics/rinses. (ACNielsen, 2002)*
should invent “Tooth Paper”…which would work just like “Toilet
Paper.” Then people will understand that it’s important to wipe off
what goes in just as much as what comes out!
51 Million school hours per years are lost because
of dental related illness.
The most valuable tooth belonged to Sir Isaac
Newton. In 1816 one of his teeth was sold in London for $3,633.00
or in today's terms $35,700.00 The tooth was set in a ring.
Guinness World Records 2002)
Students ages 5-17 years missed 1,611,000 school
days in 1996 due to acute dental problems-an average of 3.1 days per 100
(Surgeon General David Satcher)
drink 3 or more sugary sodas daily have 62% more dental decay,
fillings and tooth loss.
Academy of General dentistry, the average person only
brushes for 45 to 70 seconds a day, the recommended amount of time is
Two 'Fs': Fluoride (use fluoride toothpaste
daily) Frequency (avoid frequent snacking between meals).....this is the
"practical way to help avoid dental decay.
People with red hair are more sensitive to pain
and consequently need more anesthetic during operations than other
patients. Those with red hair needed 20 per cent more aesthetic
to numb the pain, according to New Scientist. Oct 2002
Dentistry is affordable:
Dentistry: $50 Billion
Pet food: $50 Billion
Hair care: $100 Billion
Gambling (legal): $300 Billion
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American sweet tooth... Did you know…Americans spent
$21 billion on candy in 2001. That is more than the gross national
products of Lituania, Costa Rica and Mozambique combined.
University Health & Nutrition Letter 2002 November: 3]
$1.8 billion is the total annual consumer spending on
-33 is the percentage of Americans who have untreated
-$777 million is the total annual consumer spending on
-74 is the percentage of Americans affected by some
type of periodontal disease or gingivitis
Sugar Facts: Chemical manufacturers use sugar to
grow penicillin A teaspoon of sugar after a hot curry will extinguish
the furnace in your mouth A spoonful of sugar added to a vase will
prolong the life of freshly cut flowers
More than 300 types of bacteria make up dental plaque.
Known Dental Work A total of 11 teeth from 9 adults who lived between
7,500 and 9,000 years ago contain holes drilled with sharpened flint
points, according to a report in Science News Online. Flint-wielding
specialists drilled holes, which are believed to have been filled with
some type of material. The teeth came from residents of a prehistoric
farming village called Mahrgarh in what is now Pakistan.
(Source: Coppa, A., D.W. Frayer, R. Macchiarelli, 2006,
Early Neolithic tradition of dentistry. Nature 440 (April
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