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Taking care of your teeth is a good thing, especially when you consider the facts…like the valuable ones you’re about to read. Perhaps your pearly whites can benefit from these precious pearls of wisdom:

You can reduce tooth decay with a kiss. The additional saliva produced by kissing helps keep the mouth free of bacteria.
You can increase your life expectancy by 6 years by flossing daily.
Most right-handed people chew their food on the right side of their mouth, while lefties chew on the left side. Try it!
Eat cheese (rich in phosphorous and calcium) to reduce the pH level in plaque and keep the enamel healthy.
Women, on average, smile 62 times each day. Men only smile about 8 times a day. Children laugh about 400 times daily, compared to grown-ups who laugh only about 15 times each day. Seriously.
There are 4 types of teeth in your mouth; each performs a different function: tearing, crushing, biting and grinding.
Before wooden toothpicks were invented, they were made of silver, gold, bone and other materials.
Chocolate does not cause as much tooth decay as dried fruits like raisins because the latter stay on teeth for a longer period of time and permit bacteria to grow that can expedite decay.
More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.
The common snail has about 25,000 teeth on its tongue!
Over 14 million gallons of toothpaste are purchased each year.
One average, 3 of every 4 Americans has one or more cavities before their 18th birthday.

Be smart and keep your mouth healthy. It may be fun to read such facts about dentistry, but making dental care a priority is serious business.