Fun Facts for Dental Assistants

The world of dentistry is full of interesting trivia!

If you are in dental assistant school, you are probably busy learning new chairside skills and getting familiar with dental terminology. Learning to be a dental assistant can be both fun and challenging. You will learn about things that you never knew existed, and you will gain marketable skills that you never thought you could do! It won’t be long before you are looking for your first position in your new career field!

With this blog post, we invite you to take a break from your studies and enjoy some fun dental trivia.

    1. The enamel on your teeth is the hardest substance in the human body. Even harder than your skull bones!
    1. If you get a tooth knocked out, put it in milk right away! This helps it to survive longer while you’re trying to get to the dentist.
    1. Do you like electric toothbrushes? The first electric toothbrush was invented in 1939.
    1. In 1900, the tooth fairy left about 20 cents per tooth. Today it’s gone up to about three dollars!
    2. According to Colgate.com, toothpaste has been around since 5,000 BC! The earliest toothpastes are thought to have been made of things like ox hooves and egg shells.
    1. Toothpaste in a tube (similar to today’s toothpaste) was first marketed in the 1890’s.
    1. According to reference.com, about 3.5 billion toothbrushes are sold worldwide every year.
    1. If you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, you will spend about 24 hours (or 1 full day) brushing per year!
    1. The best way to store your toothbrush is upright in a place where it can air-dry. This helps prevent the buildup of bacteria. (Covering your toothbrush can encourage more germs to multiply.)
    1. Not all toothpastes are mint-flavored. Some of the stranger flavors on the market include cupcake, scotch, bacon, pickle, and pork!
    1. To keep your toothbrush clean and effective, it’s recommended that you get a new one every three months.
  1. According to the CDC, men are more likely than women to have periodontal disease. Good flossing techniques can positively impact your teeth and gums!

With these fun facts, we hope you remember the importance of taking care of your teeth and sharing good oral hygiene tips with your friends, family, and patients. Your teeth are the only teeth you get, so do your best to keep them clean and healthy!

The American College for Medical Careers offers a dental assistant training program at our Orlando, Florida campus. Contact us online to find out how to enroll!