Fun Facts About Dental Tools We Use Every Day

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Dental healthcare is serious – brushing, flossing, eating a healthy diet, and making your regularly scheduled 6-month appointments are important. But we like to have fun too so enjoy these dental fun facts about the tools we all use at home to care for our teeth!

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  • Go out for a long pass! The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends using 18 inches of floss daily. That’s almost 183 yards annually — nearly the length of two football fields!
  • Some form of oral hygiene has existed since as early as 5000 BC. But it was in 1824 that a dentist named Peabody began adding soap to toothpaste to ensure cleanliness.
  • In 1892, Dr. Washington Sheffield began putting toothpaste in a tube rather than a jar, leading to the tubes and packaging we all know today.
  • The first commercially-produced toothbrush with nylon bristles was manufactured in 1938.
  • You spend more than 82 days brushing your teeth during your life – and more dental facts

And remember, if it’s been awhile since your last dental appointment, it’s never too late to get back on the right track of good dental care. Call our office at (248) 852-3130 and we can schedule your next visit. We’ll help keep a record of your own personal dental fun facts for you.

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