Dental hygiene facts for your children! Teaching children about the importance of dental hygiene can be a difficult task. So to make this topic fun, we’ve given you 13 facts to help your children understand dental hygiene a little bit better. Check out our children’s dentistry page for more information on the services we offer! Here are 13 fun facts to share with your kids to get them more interested in their teeth: 1. Sharing your toothbrush is a big no! It can spread germs and bacteria around a family fast. 2. “What we munch on, the germs in our mouths lunch on!” 3. There are more than 600 types of bad bacteria in our mouths which can cause serious illnesses. This is why it is important to clean your teeth as throughly as you can. 4. Humans have four types of teeth which are used for biting, tearing, crushing, grinding. 5. Fruit juice contain a lot of sugar which is almost as bad for your teeth as soda drinks. Instead of reaching for these sugary drinks, opt for a glass of water with a piece of lemon. 6. Babies can develop tooth decay too! One of the reasons this can happen is when they go to sleep with a bottle in their mouths which contains milk or juice. 7. You should replace your toothbrush every three months. If you look closely, your old toothbrush bristles will be worn out! 8. If you have an accident and your tooth falls out, quickly grab a glass or milk and put your tooth in it. This will keep it safe until you get to the dentist. 9. Always look in the basin after you have rinsed your mouth out to check for any blood. Your gums should never bleed and this could mean that you are suffering from gingivitis and are due for a dental checkup. 10. If you want strong and healthy teeth, eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables like apples, carrots, celery and other raw foods. 11. Aside from the cold, toothaches are the most common illnesses affecting people. A toothache isn’t an illness? 12. The last molars to develop in your mouth are known as your wisdom teeth. These teeth generally start to erupt around 17 to 21 years of age and contrary to popular belief, does not show how smart you are. 13. Human adults have 32 teeth, the average mosquito has 47 teeth, possums have 50 teeth and sharks grow a new set of teeth every 32 weeks. Dental hygiene facts for your children |Anthony Spink Every child should visit the dentist as soon as their first teeth erupts, if your child has not done so yet, book an appointment with us today. Don’t forget to share this via Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and LinkedIn.