Fun Dental Facts – Did You Know?

Dentistry is serious medicine, and daily oral hygiene is a top priority. But teeth can be pretty fun, too – not to mention fascinating. For starters, have you ever seen the full sets of baby teeth and adult teeth present in a child’s head x-ray? Go ahead, look it up. There are tons of interesting dental facts out there! Hawkins Family Dentistry in Midlothian treats our patients professionally and joyfully—our team thinks teeth are cool. Take Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Neidert’s word for it, there’s much to learn and admire about even the most average set of teeth.

Facts About People & Teeth

  • According to a survey by Time magazine, 59% of people would rather visit the dentist than have to listen to one end of a cell-phone conversation.
  • By age 17, 78% of Americans have had at least 1 cavity.
  • Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss for people over the age of 35.
  • Tooth prints are as unique as fingerprints.
  • About 5 million teeth per year fall out due to sports-related accidents.
  • Babies have 20 teeth but a full set of adult teeth has 32.
  • Baby teeth do need to be brushed, or “washed”.
  • 42% of adults said a toothbrush was one invention they couldn’t live without, according to a Lemelson-MIT Invention Index survey.

Facts About Your Mouth

  • The enamel on your teeth is the hardest part of your body.
  • More than 300 different kinds of bacteria can live in your mouth at the same time.
  • A tooth will start to die within 15 minutes of getting knocked out—but keeping it in a glass of milk can prolong its life.
  • 35% of your tooth’s surface can only be cleaned by floss.
  • A third of the whole tooth is not visible but under the gums (“Titanic”, anyone?).

Facts About Dental History

  • The first recorded dentist, Hesi-Re, practiced in ancient Egypt.
  • The first official female dentist was Lucy Beaman Hobbs, licensed in 1866.
  • The first commercial floss was made in 1882.
  • The first official dental hygienist was Irene Newman, trained in 1905.
  • The tooth fairy left an average of 25 cents per tooth in 1950.
  • The first toothbrushes were made of tree twigs (people chewed the tips to make soft brushes), and animal hair.

Don’t let your teeth become history – take good care of them today and they’ll serve you forever. Call us today to visit our Midlothian office and show your smile some love.

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Dental Insurance FAQ: The Basics

At Hawkins Family Dentistry, we understand that dental insurance can be a tricky thing to navigate. Evaluating dental plans and considering deductibles, benefits, which treatments are covered, and the mountain of other information insurance companies provide can be a headache in and of itself. Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Neidert want every Midlothian resident to have the power to control their own health, so here’s a simplified guide to the basics of dental health insurance. As always, if you have a question, don’t be afraid to contact us! Read more ›

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How Dental Sealants Keep Cavities at Bay!

If you are a parent, you probably know how difficult it is to get Midlothian children to brush and floss regularly. On top of that, young children often lack the necessary motor skills to properly care for their teeth. At Hawkins Family Dentistry, we want your whole family to have excellent dental health, so here’s some information on how Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Neidert can help protect your kids from tooth decay. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact us.

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Mouthguards – Do They Really Work?

Sore jaw? Restless nights? Play sports? If any of these apply to you, you might be surprised to hear that you could use a mouthguard!

Functions of Mouthguards

Mouthguards are solid pieces of plastic that keep your teeth and jaw in a specific resting position. The basic function of a mouthguard is protection. Mouthguards help prevent accidental mouth injuries, ease pain from grinding your teeth, and can even help patients with trouble sleeping. Read more ›

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Chocolate is Good for Oral Health – True or False?

Most of us were taught when we were kids that sweets like chocolate will rot your teeth. While this may remain true for some types of our favorite sweet snack, that doesn’t mean we have to take it off the menu altogether.

In fact, recent studies have found that dark chocolate, containing high percentages of cocoa, may actually be beneficial to your dental health. Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Neidert at Hawkins Family Dentistry wants Midlothian residents to know the facts so they can satisfy their sweet tooth safely. Read more ›

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Caring for Your Dentures

The image of a glass full of false teeth on the nightstand is plastered all throughout popular culture. You would think that soaking your dentures in water and cleaner is sufficient, but Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Neidert remind us that proper denture care requires more than just that. In fact, denture maintenance is an important part of oral health. For Midlothian residents who have dentures or are considering them, it is important to know exactly how they function and how to care for them. If you have any questions, please give us a call at Hawkins Family Dentistry. Read more ›

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To Be or Not to Be Sugar-Free: The Facts About Artificial Sweeteners

Originally created for people unable to consume regular sugars, alternative and artificial sweeteners have become extremely popular in Midlothian in all kinds of different products. From chewing gum to diet soda, Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Neidert want you to know which of these options are best for your dental and general health – so here are the facts about a few of the most common sweeteners. Read more ›

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When a Toothache is Not a Toothache

Most of us in Midlothian have experienced a toothache. At their mildest, toothaches may cause just enough discomfort to get on your nerves and disrupt your concentration, but at their worst, they can be debilitating. Because the pain feels like it’s coming from your tooth, it’s natural to assume that all toothaches are caused by cavities, gum disease or some other tooth-related problem. However, Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Neidert would like you to know that not all toothaches are related to your teeth. Read more ›

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Crack Down on Cracked Tooth Syndrome

Cracked tooth syndrome (CTS), also known as cracked cusp syndrome or split tooth syndrome, is a painful condition that results from a crack in one of your teeth. CTS can mean anything from a tiny hairline split in the crown to a fracture that goes all the way to the root. If you have a nasty toothache and remember biting down on something hard, it’s time to call Dr. Hawkins & Dr. Neidert. Don’t worry though, because the dental professionals at Hawkins Family Dentistry are committed to giving you the best oral care that Midlothian has available. To find out more about cracked tooth syndrome, read on. Read more ›

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Is it Time to Straighten Your Teeth?

When to Straighten Your Teeth

There are a lot of reasons to straighten teeth, and there are a lot of ways to do it. But you may not know that there are many unique times in your life when it might be best to straighten your teeth. In general, dentists begin considering the potential need to straighten a patient’s teeth around 8-10 years of age. People of any age can have their teeth straightened-there is never a bad time-but there are certain times when it makes more sense.

Midlothian dentists Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Neidert are local providers of professional orthodontics and teeth straightening treatments. Read below to learn tips for deciding if it’s time to straighten your teeth.

Time for Aesthetic Teeth Straightening

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