Ahhhh-mazingly Gross Facts About Your Smile

Jun 25, 2015

By Bryana Allen, Delta Dental WA

Mouths are truly amazing. Without them we wouldn’t be able to eat, taste, talk, sing, make silly faces, or smile. And everyone’s mouth is unique. That’s right!

The shape, size, and position of your teeth is unlike anyone else’s in the world. Your tongue-print, just like your fingerprints, is one-of-a-kind. The exact shape and color of your lips are unique, too. All these make your smile 1 in 7 billion. As amazing as they are, mouths are also disgusting.

Here are 5 facts to prove it:

1. A clean smile has 1,000 to 100,000 bacteria living, feeding, and depositing waste on each tooth. There are 500 to 650 different types of bacteria, but not all are bad. Some secrete enzymes that kill bad bacteria.

2. The bacteria in our mouths and the food we eat cause bad breath. Rinsing with water or chewing sugar free gum between meals helps keep it fresh.

3. You’ll produce enough spit in your lifetime to fill two swimming pools! Everyone’s spit contains bits of urea, mucous (snot), and leftover food. Gross. But spit helps wash away bad bacteria which is good for your teeth, and besides, you wouldn’t be able to taste anything without it.

4. You swallow most of the bacteria and spit in your mouth. In fact, you swallow up to 1.5 liters of saliva each day. The acids in your stomach kill most of the bacteria you swallow and your body repurposes the water in your spit. It’s a pretty efficient system.

5. A sneeze shoots out of your mouth at over 100 mph and a cough at over 60 mph. Each contains bacteria and spit from your mouth. So please be sure to cover both as often as possible.

If you’d like to smell bad breath or get sneezed on, stop by the Germnasium in Wellbody Academy. Then check out GROSSOLOGY: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body for even more awesomely disgusting, hands-on experiences.

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