Category Archives: All About Teeth

The legend of the tooth fairy

Every single recorded human culture has some kind of tradition for the disposal of baby teeth. The story of the Tooth Fairy dates back to 13th Century Norse traditions, when it became a tradition for a ‘tooth fee’ to be given to a child when they lost their first baby tooth. Various cultures since that time advise throwing baby teeth into the sun, into fire, between the legs, onto or over the roof of the house; placing it in a mouse hole or burying or hiding it. During the 1950s and in the Disney spirit, Americans conjured up a benevolent fairy who rewards baby teeth with money.

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Important notes

  • February 27 is National Tooth Fairy Day
  • The going rate for a lost tooth is $3.70 USD or about $5 CDN

Lower the inflammation in your body through cleaner teeth

In a recent study investigating the correlations between gum disease and a variety of serious conditions like stroke, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, researchers discovered plaque-identifying toothpaste can potentially lower systemic inflammation. They urge more research on the degree to which plaque-identifying toothpaste can decrease heart attacks or strokes. In the meantime, see areas of teeth with plaque turn green when using this kind of toothpaste.

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Tiny tooth sensors to monitor your health

Scientists from Tufts University developed tiny sensors that attach to your teeth, and monitor your diet and health in real time.

The sensor, when communicating wirelessly with a mobile device, can transmit information on glucose, alcohol and salt intake. Researchers note that future adjustments of these sensors could make them detect and record a wide range of chemicals, nutrients, and physiological states.

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Your teeth are like fingerprints

Your teeth are like your fingerprints: they’re uniquely yours. Whether the 20 “baby teeth” that serve us in childhood or the 32 permanent teeth we have in our adult years, no two teeth are exactly the same shape and size. Each tooth in your mouth has its own unique profile, and teeth vary widely from person to person.

Despite their unique properties, teeth can indicate certain information about us, like our age, gender, and personality. They can indicate certain personality traits and significantly impact our overall impression of people.