HOSA E-magazine Spring 2015 - page 23

Dental Facts
Board of Dentistry
1 Americans spend over $2 billion a year on dental products such as
mouthwash, toothpaste and dental floss.
2 Dental floss was first made in 1882 from silk and most people fib about
regularly flossing.
3 Some dentists recommend toothbrushes to be kept at least 6 feet from
the toilet to avoid airborne particles that result from flushing the toilet.
4 32% of Americans say their co-workers have bad breath.
5 There are more bacteria in your mouth than people on earth.
6 Your tongue is as unique as your fingerprint. No two people have the same
tongue print.
7 The ancient Greeks used pliers for teeth extractions.
8 In an entire human lifetime, the average person produces around 100,000
gallons of saliva.
9 A sneeze zooms out of your mouth at over 600 mph!
10 The first toothbrush with bristles was manufactured in China in 1498. Bristles
from hogs, horses, and badgers were used. The first nylon bristles were
introduced by Dupont de Nemours and were called Doctor West’s Miracle
Toothbrush. Later, Americans were influenced by the disciplined hygiene habits
of soldiers from World War II. They became increasingly concerned with the
practice of good oral hygiene and quickly adopted the nylon toothbrush.
The Park High School HOSA-Future Health
Professionals donated $1,000 to the Leukemia and
Lymphoma Society on March 5 for research to find a
cure for leukemia. This donation was also Wisconsin
HOSA’s service project of the year.
In December of 2014, Park High School HOSA
students held a winter wonderland carnival to help
raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
The carnival included games, food and activities.
HOSA students also recently raised awareness
for children’s oral health for America’s Toothfairy
Foundation with Jones Elementary School 4K and
kindergarten students. The children learned about
the importance of brushing and flossing their teeth with interactive games and
activities, rather than just listening to a lecture. Park students showed their spirit for
the event by dressing as tooth fairies. The Park HOSA students received donations
to the children, such as toothbrushes and toothpaste from Forward Dental, and
floss from the dental associations.
The Park HOSA students also held a Smile Drive to collect oral hygiene products.
Donations will be given to the Salvation Army, HALO and Bethany women’s
Wisconsin HOSA
s Service Project
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