10 Amazing Facts about oral health you did not know

by admin on September 6, 2008

Interesting Dental Health Facts

Here Are 10 Amazing Facts about Oral health care you never knew until…….. ………..of course you stumbled on to this page

  • New born babies have no caries forming bacteria. Infact, it is the babies mother who transmits the plaque forming bacteria by blowing on food before feeding and kissing the babies mouth
  • Saccharine Sodium which is generally used as a sweetening agent in toothpaste is 500 times sweeter than sugar.
  • Always replace a toothbrush after you had a cold, sore throat or notorious infections. The bacteria plant them on the toothbrush which can lead to reinfection.

    Replace toothbrush

    Replace toothbrush

  • Contrary to popular belief, there is no significant advantage of an electric or powered toothbrush over the normal toothbrush except ease of use.
  • You should always maintain a distance of 6 feet between the toilet and where you brush. The air borne particles from the flush can travel up to 6 feet.
  • The teeth whitening toothpastes that claim to whiten your teeth have been found to be no more effective than their normal counterparts.
  • There was a sudden massive surge of patients with tooth decay the year coke was launched.
  • The swallowing of a fluoride containing toothpaste can cause many harmful effects such as fluoride toxicity. (Hence kids below 5years should be given non fluoridated toothpastes)



  • The popular practice of placing a cap on toothbrush head actually favors bacterial growth on it as moisture is increased in enclosed containers favoring the growth of bacteria.
  • Vigorous brushing does more harm than good. Overzealous brushing can lead to eroded enamel which never grows back causing teeth sensitivity along with other oral problems.


Daniel June 12, 2009 at 9:29 am

Very helpful information. It would do the people good if this information was publicized more vigorously. It could really help to improve lives.

EggNogAdam June 23, 2009 at 3:30 pm

I’m an RDH in Virginia with a BA in Dental Hygiene. The electronic brush fact… I don’t fully agree with that, as Sonicare brushes are concerned.
The Fluoride Toxicity fact is only true if “in large amounts” is added after “a fluoride containing toothpaste.”
Some studies have suggested that fathers kiss their children too and that they may contribute as well to their childrens’ caries. Also, some children put strange objects in their mouths between the ages of zero (0) and two (2) years of age. These things may also contribute to the problem.

sianz June 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm

why are we so phobic of a little common bacteria? Are we so frail nowadays that everything has to be sterilised?

it would do people good if they actually used their heads to think. “Sudden surge of tooth decay when coke was launched”. please indicate source for your statistic.

Amy July 7, 2009 at 5:40 pm

Brush 6 feet away from the toilet? Do you know living space is tight and expensive in the city?

RDA November 24, 2009 at 4:50 pm

I don’t agree with, “Sonicare brushes are more beneficial. ” In the end it’s all a marketing scheme. Electric toothbrushes are better for patients with arthritis are other joint and bone issues in their hands. A regular toothbrush is just as good if you are brushing for the correct amount of time. As for the baby thing, we’re sure fathers kiss their babies and blow on the food, but is understood that moms are more affectionate, and are more likely to do these things. As for the sudden surge in tooth decay with Coke, it was because of the ingredients in Coke. The sugar levels were off the chart, contained and still does contain phosphoric acid, which is what we used in the office to etch enamel. So in teh end I agree with what was initially said.

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