200+ Dental Industry Statistics for 2024

Comprehensive dentistry statistics included in this report

1. Adult’s Dental Statistics

2. Children’s Dental Statistics

3. Dentistry Market Size & Growth

4. General Dental Health Statistics

5. Economic, Regional & Demographic Disparities for Dental Practices

6. Dental Technology

7. Public Opinion on Dentistry

8. Preventative and Aftercare for Dental Patients

9. At-home Dental Care Statistics

10. Marketing for Dental Industry

11. Oral Health Care Habits

12. Dental Employment Statistics

13. Dental Practice Performance Statistics

14. Impact of COVID19 on Dentistry

15. Dental Diseases

16. Dental Products Statistics

17. Dentistry Fun Facts

18. Sustainability in Dentistry

19. Dental Tourism

20. Key Dentistry Statistics Infographic

Adult’s Dental Statistics

  • A study found that individuals over the age of 70 who had at least 20 teeth lived longer than those with fewer than 20 teeth. 
  • 75% of UK adults are aware of the importance of regular dental check ups. 
  • 48% of UK adults experience some level of dental anxiety.  
  • A survey suggests up to 53% of the UK population experiences some level of fear related to dentists.
  • A government survey found that 19% of participants reported being afraid of going to the dentist.
  • 43% of UK adults are interested in cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening.
  • 280 million adults over 70 are affected by oral disorders. 
  • Almost one in three (31%) of adults have tooth decay. 
  • ⅔ (66%) of adults reported they had very good or good oral health. 26% reported they had fair oral health and 7% reported they had bad or very bad oral health. 
  • 95% of adults in England had at least one natural tooth (were dentate). Dentate adults had on average 25.4 natural teeth
  • 63% of adults said they went to the dentist for regular check-ups, 15% went for occasional check-ups, and 18% went to the dentist only when they had trouble with their mouth, teeth or dentures.
  • Nearly half of all adults (47%) said they had experienced one or more oral health impacts in the previous 12 months. The most commonly reported impacts were being self-conscious (28%), finding it uncomfortable to eat any foods (24%) and having painful aching in their mouth (20%). 
  • 1 in 5 (21%) adults reported at least one severe oral impact that had affected their daily life in the previous 12 months. 
  • ⅔ of survey participants (68%) who needed advice contacted their usual dental practice. Less than 1 in 10 tried other approaches. One in 6 (16%) of them did not seek any advice or treatment. 
  • Almost 2 in 5 (39%) of adults don’t go to the dentist regularly. 
  • 2 in 3 (66%) of adults have visible plaque. 
  • Almost 1 in 3 (31%) of adults have tooth decay. 
  • Around 3 in 4 (74%) of adults have had a tooth extracted. 
  • 1 in 3 (33%) of adults have never flossed or cleaned interdentally. 
  • 38% of respondents were unhappy with their smile, with 1 in 10 stating they were very unhappy. 
  • ⅓ of British adults have untreated tooth decay.
  • Participants who had not attended a dentist for 2 years or more were more likely to have untreated tooth decay (48.8%).
  • 67% of the British population had at least 1 filling and over 50% had more than 3. 
  • 80% of people had their first filling under the age of 30, which included 59% who had their first filling under the age of 18 as children. 
  • A survey found that teeth come in 3rd in a list of things people stress most about behind finances and relationships. 
  • Expectant mothers with poor oral hygiene are 7X more likely to deliver premature and low birth weight babies.

Children’s Dental Statistics

  • Globally, an estimated 514 million children experience primary (baby) teeth cavities. 
  • In the UK, the average number of children born with cleft lip or palate in one year is 1 in 700. 
  • The most common type of cleft is cleft palate (44%), followed by cleft lip (24%) and unilateral cleft lip and palate (22%). The rarest type is bilateral cleft lip and palate (10%). 
  • 7.2% of children with tooth decay disease had their teeth removed, with an average of 2.9 extracted teeth. 
  • On average, British children miss three days of school because of dental issues. 
  • Survey shows approximately ⅓ children couldn’t sleep at night because of tooth issues. 
  • Fluoride varnish can hinder the development of cavities in baby teeth by 33%
  • 9 million children have missed out on dental care in the year following the first lockdown, with the percentage of children being seen falling from 58.7% to 23%. 
  • 23.4% of 5 year old children in England had experience of dental decay. The average number of teeth that were decayed were 3.4. 
  • 1 child is admitted to hospital for tooth extraction in the UK every 10 minutes. 
  • There were over 45,000 extractions of multiple teeth in children in England in 2017/18. 
  • 322 children had full mouth clearances in 2017/18, losing all their teeth in one operation. 
  • Public Health England estimates that at least 60,000 days are missed from school during the year for hospital extractions alone. 
  • Tooth decay amongst 5 year olds varied across regions from 18% in the South East to 32% in the North West. 

Dentistry Market Size & Growth

  • The global dental market size was valued at $35.40 billion in 2023 & is projected to grow from $38.95 billion in 2024 to $95.37 billion by 2032.
  • The market size of the Dental Practices industry in the UK is measured at £7.7bn in 2024.
  • The world’s 1.6 million dentists are based in Europe and the Americas, and 69% of the world’s dentists serve 27% of the global population. Africa has only 1% of the global workforce. 

General Dental Health Statistics

  • Approximately 10 million people in the UK are currently waiting for routine dental treatment.
  • 53% of the public have not had a routine dental check-up in the last year.
  • Nearly 70% of respondents have wanted to see a dentist in the last 2 years, but data shows only 43% of people managed to get an appointment. This suggests that more than 14 million people tried and were unable to get a dental appointment in the last 2 years. 
  • Nearly 70% of the population has at least one filling. 
  • More than 40% of people experienced pain in their mouths sometimes in the last 12 months. 
  • 6 million people in the UK experienced toothache for longer than 2 weeks in the previous year. 
  • About 1 billion people have experienced trauma to their teeth at some point in their life. 
  • On average, the number of teeth with untreated decay was 2.6. 
  • The rate of filled teeth with decay across the UK was 4.4%, varying between 2.5% to 6.4% for different regions. 

Economic, Regional & Demographic Disparities for Dental Patients

  • 34% of respondents with a household income of less than £20,000 had seen a dentist for a routine check up within the last year relative to 46% of those with household incomes greater than £20,000. This increased to 59% in households with incomes greater than £60,000.
  • During 2022/23, Northern Ireland dentists filled significantly more teeth (just under 36,000) per 100,000 population than any other UK region. Since 2014/15, NI has consistently had the highest number of fillings per head of population of the four regions. 
  • ⅓ of adults (33%) said that the cost of dental care had affected the type of dental care or treatment they had received.
  • Children and adults from the most deprived areas were less likely to have had contact with NHS primary dental care in the quarter ending March 2024 (44,812 compared to 55,780 for children and 133,705 compared to 168,161 adults). 
  • 25% of adults reported they had had to delay dental care or treatment because of the cost. 
  • Those with incomes less than £20,000 were 3x more likely to have extracted one of their own teeth than those with household incomes above £20,000. 
  • 2 million adults in the UK have to travel at least 40 miles to access dental care. 
  • People in the North East were most likely to have not been to the dentist in over 10 years and 2x as likely to have used a temporary filling kit than the national average. 
  • People in the East of England are most likely to have been unable to afford to see a dentist for a routine check-up in the last year, and are more likely to have had their first filling aged 18 or younger. 
  • A study found that over half (59%) of oral health professionals admitted to being more likely to offer preventative care advice to private patients compared to NHS patients.
  • Of those who had not seen a dentist in the last year, 28% could not get an appointment, 16% were unable to afford NHS dentistry, and 14% said they were unable to register for a routine check-up with an NHS dentist. 
  • 11% more people had a routine check up in the South of England than the North of England.
  • 56% of respondents said they had to wait over a year to get a routine check up in the North compared to 50% in the South. 
  • In England and Scotland, over 40% of respondents said they had a routine check-up within one year, whereas in Wales not even ⅓ of respondents claimed the same (31%). 
  • 16% of the population cannot afford NHS dental care let alone private dental care.
  • 74% of respondents see an NHS dentist in the North relative to 49% in the south.
  • At Northern Ireland level, 94% of the population live within 5 miles of a health service dental practice. 
  • Northern Ireland: Over ⅔ (68%) of the population is registered with a health service dentist including just over ¾ (76%) of children. 
  • NI: Females are more likely to be registered with a dentist (71% compared to 65% of males); this difference is particularly striking in the 18-44 age group with 74% of females registered compared to just 63% of males. 
  • 29% prefer private dentists, highest in South East and South West (34%), lowest in North West and North East/Yorkshire (25%).
  • Nearly ⅓ of our population is suffering from untreated tooth decay. This was higher in men (31.5%) than women (23.6%) and most prevalent in those aged 25-34 (35.3%). 
  • In the UK, 10.7% of 3 year olds have experienced dental decay. The prevalence was the highest in Yorkshire and the Humber at a rate of 14.7%. 
  • 41% of UK adults cite cost as the primary barrier to seeking dental care.
  • Oral health inequalities between children are widening: decay among children was 3.8x higher in the most deprived communities compared to the least deprived communities in 2019 (compared to 2.9x higher in 2008). 
  • People are 20% more likely to die from oral health cancer in the North West than in the South East, which can be explained by the Index of Multiple Deprivation quartile. 

Dental Technology

  • The global dental X-ray market size was estimated at USD 2.31 billion in 2023 and is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.9% from 2024 to 2030.
  • Precedence Research predicts the global dental software market to reach over $5 billion by 2032.
  • The global dental software market size was reached at US$ 1.80 billion in 2022.
  • 77% of patients want a provider that offers online booking and scheduling for their services, however, research shows only 26% of practices currently offer it.
  • More than ⅓ of dentists are using artificial intelligence in their practice, according to research.
  • The global dental AI market is expected to reach $36 billion by 2026.
  • Investors have poured $31.5 billion into healthcare AI between 2019-2022.
  • Telemedicine, including teledentistry, is an ever-expanding practice worldwide. It is projected to grow 20% additionally over the next five years and revenue growth from 38B dollars in 2018 to∼ 130B dollars by 2025.
  • 3D printing technology is on track to provide at least 60 percent of dental production by 2025.
  • The NHS App now has more than 34 million registered users, with monthly logins rising by 79% in the last year from 16.2 million in February 2023 to 29 million in February 2024.
  • The global cloud-based dental practice management software market size was valued at USD 571.5 million in 2021 and is estimated to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.18% from 2022 to 2030. 
  • The global healthcare software as a service market size was valued at USD 12.5 billion in 2020 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.5% from 2021 to 2028. 

Public Opinion on Dentistry

  • Nearly 60% of people feel that it is harder to access an NHS dentist now than it was 10 years ago and Healthwatch England has shown that 85% of dental practices are closed to new adult patients. 
  • Nearly 4 in 5 (78%) people support overseas recruitment of skilled clinicians. 
  • 86% of people think that access to emergency dental care should be a high priority for the NHS with 64% thinking non-urgent dentistry should be a high priority. 
  • Nearly 40% of the public are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth. 
  • 63% of respondents said that they believe routine, nonurgent dentistry should be a priority for the government. 

Preventative and Aftercare for Dental Patients

  • 60 million people in the UK do not have fluridated water. 
  • A study on patient experience after dental surgery showed that clear post-operative instructions and readily available support systems significantly increased patient satisfaction.
  • Fluoridated water protects the teeth and decreases tooth decay by 25%. 
  • A recent study by the College of General Dentistry (CGDent) in the UK revealed that only one-third (34%) of dental professionals always offer preventative care advice to patients.
  • Dental sealants on chewing surfaces of teeth can prevent 80% of cavities. 
  • 16 million people do not have a dentist in the UK. 

At-home Dental Care Statistics

  • 3% of people have purchased a temporary filling kit in the previous year.
  • 1.4% of surveyed have resorted to extracting their own teeth in the previous year. 
  • Figures released by Boots said that ‘at-home’ repair kits which facilitate re-cementing crowns and temporarily replacing lost fillings were up by 87% in the last quarter of 2020. 
  • Over 20% of the respondents reported they had to perform “DIY dentistry” as they could not see a dentist. 

Marketing for Dental Industry

  • 71% of people looking for a dentist run an online search before scheduling an appointment. 
  • 68% of all online experiences start with a search engine.
  • Aside from referrals, organic traffic is reported to be the next highest-performing with a conversion rate of 3.5%. 
  • At 92%, long-tail keywords make up a majority of search queries. 
  • 77% of patients will use online reviews as one of their first steps to finding a new dentist. 
  • 48% of patients will conduct over 2 weeks of research before scheduling an appointment. 
  • When it comes to finding a new business, 84% of customer searches are discovery searches, while 16% are actually direct searches. 
  • Businesses that have Google Business Profiles are 94% more likely to be viewed as reputable as opposed to businesses that don’t have one. 
  • 97% of surveyed dentists use Facebook as their main social media platform. 
  • 41% of people say that the content they find from researching on social media will impact their choice of treatment place. 
  • On average, paid search drives 35% of traffic for dentists and the ad conversion rate for dentists currently sits just under 2%. 
  • 4x as many people are likely to click on a PPC (pay per click) advertisement on Google than other search engines, such as Bing, YouTube, and Amazon. 
  • Traffic from PPC (pay per click) generates 50% more conversions than organic search does. 
  • The average ad CTR (click through rate) is 3.17% across all industries. 
  • The average ad CTR (click through rate) for the health & medical industry is 3.27%. 
  • Google local search ads (LSAs) account for 14% of clicks on local SERPs (search engine results pages).
  • Nearly ½ of dentists are using social media to market their practice. 
  • Nearly ⅓ of dentists agree word of mouth marketing is most effective when attracting staff.

Oral Health Care Habits

  • At least one preventative dental visit within 3 years may reduce the risk of ventilator-acquired pneumonia by as much as 22%. 
  • Over 40% of cigarette smokers aged 20 to 64 have untreated tooth decay. 
  • 1 in 4 (25%) adults do not brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. 
  • Approximately 43% of cigarette smokers ages 65 or older have lost all of their teeth. 
  • In 2022, over 64% of adults had at least one dental exam or cleaning. 
  • About 2 in 5 Britons don’t make regular dentist visits. 
  • 25% of UK adults don’t brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice daily. 
  • Nearly 7 million people smoke cigarettes in the UK. 
  • ¼ of British people only brushed their teeth once a day.
  • 62% of Europeans brush their teeth twice daily. 
  • 77% of adults with natural teeth brushed their teeth at least 2x a day.
  • More than half of adults (59%) who brushed their teeth used an electric toothbrush.
  • 25% of those diagnosed with oral cancer abstain from both tobacco and alcohol use.

Dental Employment Statistics

  • Only 44% of dentists now report working in the NHS, compared to 61% in 2021. 
  • 74% of NHS dentists do not enjoy working in the NHS.
  • 59% of NHS dentists say that contract reform would make the service more attractive to them as clinicians. 
  • Only 15% of dental practices are fully NHS, while 3 in 5 (42%) dentists work 30 hours or less each week. 
  • 85% of dentists spend at least 75% of their time in clinical practice, and a further 10% say they undertake a mix of clinical and non-clinical work. 
  • 19% said they only provide private care, with no NHS and further 14% said they predominantly provided private care (over 75% of their time). 
  • Only 15% are fully NHS, with no private care, and a further 27% said they are predominantly NHS (over 75% of their time). 
  • 9% of dental professionals are working as specialists.
  • 58% of NHS dentists are planning to retire from NHS dentistry within the next 5 years.
  • Over half (53%) of young and newly qualified NHS dentists aged under 35 intend on leaving the NHS in the same period. This is particularly true of EU trained dentists, who deliver more than 22% of all NHS dentistry, and up to 30% in most deprived areas. 
  • Approximately 600,000 GP consultations, and more than 200,000 A&E visits take place for patients with dental problems every year. 
  • Over half (52%) are self-employed/agency or working as a locum. Only around a quarter (26%) are employees. 
  • Around 70% work in a general or specialist dental practice. 7% work in a dental hospital. 5% in a hospital. 5% in community dental services. 
  • Almost 4 in 10 (37%) regularly work in more than one location, with 62% commonly working in one location. 
  • The number of female dentists exceeds males, currently making up 60% of the workforce. In particular, the majority of younger dentists are female, with 70% of dentists aged under 35 being female while the reverse is true in the older age groups with 59% of dentists aged 50 and above being male. 
  • 4 out of 5 (80%) work in England, 11% in Scotland, 5% in Wales and 4% in Northern Ireland. 
  • 65% of dentists bought their practice before the age of 35. 
  • 31% of dentists looking to buy a practice would buy in an urban area only. 
  • In Cornwall and Devon, it took an average of 162 days to fill a vacant dentist’s post in 2020.

Dental Practice Performance Statistics

  • 75% of dental practices are now struggling to fill long-term staff vacancies. This rises to 84% among practices with the highest NHS commitments. 
  • 50% of dentists have sought to reduce their NHS hours over the last 3 years. 
  • Practice profits have dropped by around 5% thanks to ballooning energy bills, interest rates and consumable costs. 
  • Patient interest in dental implants has gone up by 30% since 2021. 
  • 85% of practice owners or principals expect their levels of private work to increase in the next year. 
  • Private practice ownership is declining. In 2021, 73% of dentists owned a private practice, down from 85% in 2005.
  • 62% cite higher-needs patients requiring more clinical time as a factor constraining their practice, reflecting the huge backlogs generated by ongoing access problems. 
  • Scotland: 5,182,993 people were registered with an NHS dentist as at 31 March 2024 (94.6% of the Scottish population).
  • In America, 52% of dentists reported their gross annual income less than $1.5m. 
  • In America, 56% of dentists have a gross profit margin of 25%-50%. 
  • ¾ of dentists reported fillings as the top revenue producing procedure at their practice. 
  • 58% of dentists have not increased their fees due to inflation.
  • In Northern Ireland, registered dentists have increased by 13% over the last decade. 
  • The total number of dental surgeries offering NHS treatment has fallen from 9661 in 2014/15 to 8408 in 2019/20. 
  • Number of practices that closed between 2019/20 and 2020/21 increased by 13%. 
  • 25% of dental consultations in the UK were conducted online in 2023. 

Impact of COVID19 on Dentistry

  • Recent BDA surveys indicate only 1 in 5 (21%) of practices have returned to pre-COVID-19 capacity.
  • Just over a third (35%) of adults in England who responded to the survey reported having a need for dental treatment or advice between March 2020 and March 2021.
  • 19 million appointments were missed during the pandemic. 
  • Mouth cancer is referred from your dentist to a specialist team at the hospitals. Since COVID, referrals have fallen by 65%. When dental practices were closed due to covid, an estimated 10 million patients missed out on treatment or appointments. During this time, 16% of people have experienced at least 1 of the potential early warning signs of mouth cancer and have been unable to seek professional help. 
  • Dentistry has lost over half (52%) of its capacity since lockdown, when comparing examinations delivered since March 2020 with typical levels pre-COVID.
  • 69% of dental business owners reported a decrease in their average monthly income compared to the year before March 2020.
  • Of those surveyed, three-in-five (59%) were not able to accept new NHS patients, and almost three-in-four (74%) were concerned that patients’ oral health had declined since March 2020.

Dental Diseases

  • 400 commonly used medications cause a dry mouth and increase oral disease risk. 
  • In 2020, there were 377,713 new cases of oral cancer globally. 
  • The global prevalence of dental caries among elders is 49%. 
  • Adults 20 or older with diabetes are 40% more likely to have untreated cavities than adults in a similar demographic without diabetes. 
  • 47.2% of people over 30 have some type of gum disease, most commonly periodontitis or plaque-induced gingivitis. 
  • Periodontal diseases are more common in men (56.4%) than in women (38.4%), poorer individuals (65.4%), and smokers (64.2%). 
  • The prevalence of periodontitis among people with type 1 diabetes is 78.8%, compared to 70.5% among those with type 2 diabetes. 
  • Only 23% of Britons are aware of mouth cancer’s major signs and symptoms. 
  • Merely 13% of people in the UK know what risk factors cause mouth cancer. 
  • Oral diseases impact nearly 3.5 billion people worldwide, with 3 out of 4 individuals residing in middle-income countries.
  • 11.5 adults per 100,000 will develop oral cancer. 
  • Oral cancer incidence rates are 3x higher for males of all ages than females. 
  • According to estimates, there are 140,000 new cases of noma each year. About 90% of noma cases are fatal due to lack of treatment. 
  • The lowest caries rate is measured in Australia (25%) and the highest in South Africa (99%). 
  • The prevalence rate of root caries in China is 62% and 46% in India.
  • Untreated root caries rates are lowest in Finland (8%) and highest in Brazil (74%). 
  • There are over 8700 new cases of mouth cancer each year. 
  • Over half of British people have signs of gum disease and gingivitis. 
  • The number of new cases of mouth cancer in the UK has increased by 58% in the last decade; with 1 person every hour being diagnosed with the disease. 
  • Mouth cancer is 14th most common cancer in the UK but 9th most common for men. It accounts for 2% of all cancers diagnosed in the UK. 
  • Men are more likely to have mouth cancer than women, with over ⅔ of patients being male. Slightly more likely in White people than Black people. 
  • More than 75% of mouth cancer patients are over 55. 
  • More than 3000 people lose their lives to mouth cancer every year in the UK. This is a 48% increase in deaths compared with 10 years ago. 
  • More than half (53%) of all mouth cancers diagnosed at stage IV – where the cancer is at its most advanced.
  • 8,864 people in the UK were diagnosed with mouth cancer last year.  This has increased by 34% compared to 10 years ago and has more than doubled (103%) within the last generation.

Dental Products Statistics

  • Antiseptic mouthwash products are 4.6 times more effective than flossing. 
  • An estimated 3.5 billion toothbrushes are sold worldwide each year.
  • In 2020, an estimated 24 million people used electric toothbrushes.
  • The value of the global electric toothbrush market amounted to about 1.6 billion U.S. dollars in 2019, and is forecasted to grow to 2.2 billion U.S. dollars by 2026.
  • Nearly 12 million people in the UK switched to an electric toothbrush between 2015-2020. 
  • The global water flosser market size was valued at USD 814.3 million in 2020 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.3% from 2021 to 2028. 
  • A water flosser was 29% more effective than string floss for overall plaque removal and approximal surfaces specifically.

Sustainability in Dentistry

  • The dental 3D printing market in Europe, closely related to digital imaging, is projected to reach €236.4 million by 2027, driven by advancements in digital scanning and CAD/CAM software.
  • 90% of NHS trusts now have electronic patient records. 
  • The overall carbon footprint of dental practices has risen from 27 tonnes to 35 tonnes. 
  • Carbon emissions associated with NHS dental services in England in 2014-2015 accounted for approximately 15% (electricity: 7.7% and gas: 7.6%) of the total greenhouse gas emissions of this sector.
  • NHS England expects clinical waste to grow at a rate of 3% every year over the foreseeable future. 
  • The NHS has an overall target to achieve net-zero carbon for its direct emissions by 2040.
  • 50% reduction in the carbon emissions associated with all clinical waste management by 2026 – and 80% reduction by 2028
  • 20/20/60 segregation target for clinical waste by 2026 –  20% incineration, 20% infectious waste and 60% offensive.
  • Across Europe up to about 25% of medical waste is incinerated.
  • As the majority of dental appointments are short and have comparatively few material/equipment costs, patient and staff travel accounts for a massive 61.4% of dentistry’s total carbon footprint.
  • 256 million toothbrushes are discarded in the UK each year.
  • Toothbrushes that have a replaceable toothbrush head, use considerably less (80%) plastic than a conventional manual plastic toothbrush.
  • It is estimated that delivering NHS dentistry alone necessitates the use and subsequent disposal of 330 million gloves annually. 
  • Dentistry accounts for some 6% of global mercury consumption, and up to 14% of mercury waste.
  • The global healthcare sector is a significant contributor to carbon emissions, responsible for approximately 4.4% of global net emissions. For many industrialised nations, healthcare systems account for around 10% of national emissions​.
  • 35% increase in the use of biocompatible materials in dental restorations.
  • 60% of dental practices in the UK have implemented eco-friendly practices.

Dental Tourism

  • 94% of UK dentists had examined patients who had sought dental treatment abroad.
  • 86% of dentists had to treat patients for issues related to poor quality dental work received abroad.
  • The global dental tourism market size was estimated at USD 5.7 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 10.9 billion in 2023.

Dentistry Fun Facts

  • On average, a woman smiles 68 times a day. While men smile 8 times a day. 
  • Approximately 75% of school children worldwide have active dental cavities.
  • A snail’s mouth is no larger than the head of a pin, yet it can contain over 25,000 teeth.
  • The most valuable tooth belonged to Sir Isaac Newton. In 1816 one of his teeth was sold in London for $3,633, or in today’s terms $35,700. The tooth was set in a ring!
  • the 15th century and the Chinese invented the first natural bristle brush.  Bristles from a pig’s neck were attached to either bone or bamboo handles.

Key Dentistry Statistics Infographic


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