September 20 is Love Your Teeth Day in China. Since we don’t have a similar festival here, we figured Thanksgiving would be the perfect time to show our gratitude to the 32 little friends that live in our mouths. If you’re stuck coming up with reasons to say thanks to your teeth, here are our top ten reasons.
- Thanks for all your hard work: Three meals a day, with an average chewing rate of about 10 times per mouthful of food works out to 10,000ish bites per meal. That equals 30,000 chews a day. It’s not easy being a tooth.
- Thanks for not going crazy and overpopulating. We think the typical human allotment of 32 teeth is perfect. (Dogs have 42 teeth, cats have 30 teeth, pigs have 44 teeth, possums have 50 teeth, and snails have thousands . That’s fine for them, but it’s a lot of flossing for a human.)