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National Children’s Dental Health Month-Sugar Facts and Dental

MONTH of FEBRUARYSundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday12

Dental students in Japan practice on robots.3

A spoonful of sugar added to a vase will prolong the life of freshly cut flowers.4

Prehistoric kids almost never had cavities because they didn’t eat sugar.5

One in every 2,000 babies is born with a tooth.6National

Sugar-Out Day!

Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries.7


Film stuntmen use bottles and plate glass windows made of sugar.10

Cats have 30 teeth and dogs have 42.11

Close to 3 million miles of dental floss is purchased in the United States every year.12Some plants

can make their own sugar – when a banana ripens, it changes starch into sugar, making it sweeter.13

The Statue of Liberty’s mouth is three feet wide!141516

In 2001, scientist found sugar in outer space!17

An elephant’s tooth can weigh more than six pounds!18

A pinch of sugar on the tongue is a traditional remedy for hiccups.19

It takes 17 muscles to smile but 43 to frown.20

An ape has teeth shaped just like a human’s.21





Teeth are as unique as fingerprints! Even identical twins have different dental patterns.24

Our great grandmothers used sugar to starch their petticoats.25

The first electric toothbrush was sold 40 years ago.26

People don’t chew up and down; they chew side to side just like cows do!27

Sugar is the only taste humans are born craving.28

Can you find more fun dental facts?

Flossy says to visit www.ada.organd the Dr. Samual D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry website, to learn more.

Oral Health Program, Division of Population Health

Maine Center for Disease Control & Prevention, Maine Department of Health and Human Services

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