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    Some babies are born with teeth.

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    Some babies are born with teeth.

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    It’s rare, but it happens. One out of every 2,000 babies is born with tiny teeth. They’re often loose and can make breastfeeding hard. A doctor or dentist can take them out so the newborn won’t swallow them or scrape his tongue.

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    Everyone has wisdom teeth.

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    Everyone has wisdom teeth.

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    Adults usually have 32 teeth, including the four wisdom teeth in the back. Your wisdom teeth don’t come in until you are a teenager or a young adult (the “age of wisdom”). Some people never get them, though. Just means one less dental visit to have them pulled.

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    Which is worse for your teeth?

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    Which is worse for your teeth?

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    Here’s the truth about sugar and teeth: Whenyou eat and drink makes a difference. It’s better to have a sweet tooth with your meal. It’s when your mouth makes more saliva, which washes away more sugar and bacteria.

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    What were the first bristle toothbrushes made from?

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    What were the first bristle toothbrushes made from?

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    In 1498, the Chinese started using stiff hairs from the back of a hog’s neck to make their toothbrushes. This was the standard until 1938, when a manufacturer switched to nylon bristles.

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    The enamel on your teeth is stronger than bone.

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    The enamel on your teeth is stronger than bone.

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    Enamel, the thin, outer layer of your teeth, is pretty tough. It’s actually the hardest substance in your body. But that doesn’t mean you can mistreat it. Acids from some foods and drinks can make enamel weaker, even wear it away. This can lead to cavities and sensitive teeth. 

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    Which of these is best for your teeth?

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    Which of these is best for your teeth?

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    What you eat affects your whole body, including your teeth. Caramels, cough drops, and lollipops all are bad news, but so are dried fruits like raisins. Why? They stick to your teeth and can cause decay. Soft bread can also get stuck in your ivories. If you want a snack that's good for your grill, go for the cheese. It helps your mouth make saliva. It can also give your teeth a boost of calcium to make them stronger. And it’s low in sugar.

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    Instead of hearing stories about the tooth fairy, kids in Latin America and Spain are told that this little creature sneaks in and takes their teeth: 

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    Instead of hearing stories about the tooth fairy, kids in Latin America and Spain are told that this little creature sneaks in and takes their teeth: 

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    Not every kid believes that the tooth fairy flies into their bedroom and swipes teeth from underneath their pillow, leaving a shiny coin. Children in Latin America and Spain grow up hoping for a visit from a hairy kind of fairy -- an impish mouse named El Ratón Pérez.

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    George Washington had false teeth made out of:

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    George Washington had false teeth made out of:

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    The first president had problems with his teeth for most of his life. By the time he was sworn in, Washington had one real tooth left. He had dentures made from gold, ivory, and lead -- but never wood (despite what you may have heard as a kid). Experts think his teeth might have been so stained that they looked like wood.

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    If your tooth gets knocked out, put it in milk.

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    If your tooth gets knocked out, put it in milk.

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    Just about any hockey player can tell you this. If you or your child gets a permanent tooth (not a baby one) knocked out in a sports game or an accident, find the tooth and rinse it off. Try to put it back in its place, but don’t force it. If you can’t, put the tooth in a small cup of milk or a cup of water with a pinch of salt. It’s important to keep it moist. Call your dentist as soon as possible. You’ll have the highest chance of saving the tooth if it’s replaced within an hour of being knocked out.

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    People once believed that toothaches were caused by:

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    People once believed that toothaches were caused by:

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    Way back when, folks blamed a worm for the stabbing pain of a toothache. They thought the pest bored its way into their tooth. A bad ache meant that the worm was wiggling. If it stopped hurting, the worm was resting.

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SOURCES:

Stanford Children’s Hospital: “Natal Teeth.”

Kids Health: “Your Teeth,” “Mouth and Teeth,” Taking Care of Your Teeth.”

American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons: “Wisdom Teeth Management.”

ScienceLine: “Why Do We Have Wisdom Teeth?”

Teens Health: “Taking Care of Your Teeth.”

The Library of Congress: “Everyday Mysteries -- Who Invented the Toothbrush and When Was It Invented?”

Crest: “Tooth Enamel.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “The Best and Worst Foods For Your Teeth.”

Mouth Healthy from the American Dental Association: “Top 9 Foods That Damage Your Teeth,” “Cavities,” “Sugar Causes Cavities.”

René Colato Lainez Books: “The Tooth Fairy Meets El Ratón Pérez.”

Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association: “The Trouble with Teeth,” “Wooden Teeth Myth.”

AARP: “Foods That Whiten Teeth Naturally.”

University of Illinois Extension: “Strawberries & More.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Handling Dental Emergencies.”

American Association of Endodontists: “Knocked-Out Tooth.”

Delta Dental of Minnesota: “Fun Dental History Facts.”

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