Fun Facts about teeth
- The hardest part of your entire body is your tooth enamel – that’s the top surface of your tooth
- The average person spends about 48 seconds per day brushing their teeth, but dentists recommend at least 2 or 3 minutes.
- The amount of saliva your mouth produces in a lifetime is enough to fill two swimming pools
- No two people have the same set of teeth—your teeth are as unique as your fingerprint!
- “Milk teeth” begin to form in the womb, but don’t actually show until a child is six months to a year old.
- Modern day toothpaste has only been used for about 100 years, before that people used charcoal ashes, chalk, and lemon juice to brush their teeth.
- The average American spends 38.5 total days brushing their teeth over a lifetime.
- If you’re right handed, you will chew your food on your right side. If you’re left handed, you will tend to chew your food on your left side.
- In China, in 1498, the first toothbrush with bristles was made, using hair from hogs and horses
- When you don’t floss, you miss cleaning up to 35% of your tooth’s surface area.
How many root canals are done in a year?
More than 15 million root canals are performed every year.
More than 41,000 root canals are performed each day.
Endodontists perform 25 root canal treatments each week; general dentists perform fewer than 2.
45% of people have heard of a root canal specialist.
What does an endodontist specialize in?
Endodontists are dentists who specialize in maintaining teeth through endodontic therapy — procedures, involving the soft inner tissue of the teeth, called the pulp. The word “endodontic” comes from “endo” meaning inside and “odont” meaning tooth. Like many medical terms, it’s Greek.
What is included in endodontics?
Root canal therapy is one of the most common procedures. If the dental pulp (containing nerves, arterioles, venules, lymphatic tissue, and fibrous tissue) becomes diseased or injured, endodontic treatment is required to save the tooth.
I went to see Dr. L at seven months pregnant to get a root canal and I was VERY nervous. He was very reassuring and told me when he was half way done and when there was about five minutes left. The assistant was very warm and efficient. The accepted my insurance and I only paid l0% of the bill. They both made and extra effort to reassure me that everything they were doing was safe for the baby, I highly recommend this office.
I had my first root canal in November 2011. I was terrified. I had only heard horror stories from anyone and everyone about root canals. My dentist referred me to Dr. L. I cannot describe my elation with the result. I NEVER (not before, during, or after) felt ANY pain. NONE. The only uncomfortable part was the numbing shot(s). When I got in the chair at 12:10 p.m., I told Dr. L. I didn’t have time for the root canal that day because I had a meeting at the office at 1:30. He told me he would have me at the meeting on time. Sure enough, I was at my meeting on time (5 minutes ahead, to be exact). My colleagues were shocked that I had “a root canal for lunch” and was able to sit comfortably through the entire meeting. NEVER HAD ANY PAIN. Unbelievable. I cannot recommend Dr. L enough.. I tell everyone I meet about my experience.
Doctor L es excelente. Me hizo tres endodoncias(Root Canals). Fue una buena experiencia. No puedo creer que no senti ningun dolor durante el tratameinto. Todo estubo bien. Le gusta trabajar con musica suave, agradable. El es muy suave trabajando. Las asistentes fueron muy amables. Gracias otra vez.
Dr. L took care of a root canal in a no nonsense way. The assistants and receptionist were GREAT. They made you feel comfortable and really went out of their way to make sure everything went well with the entire appointment. I know Dr. L works at several different locations; I would recommend this office for the great staff he works with.
I recently was referred by my general dentist for an emergency root canal. Not having one in the past, I asked who she would recommend. She sent me to Greater Washington Endodontics and Periodontics practice in Arlington as that was a convenient location for me. The front desk staff went out of their way to make me feel comfortable. They not only gave me explicit information about parking, but also insurance estimates and what I could expect at my first visit. Dr P couldn’t have been nicer and the whole procedure went smoothly. I will recommend this practice to anyone who needs a root canal. Good Job!