A Mouthful of World Records

Did you know that Grigori Fleicher of Russia has the largest collection of 1,320 different tooth brushes? Or, that Mark Henry made it into the book of Guinness World Records with the largest human tooth—a monster of an incisor 2.28 cm long and 1.2 cm wide!

November 17 is Guinness World Record Day, where we celebrate the most astonishing human achievements and the extremes of the natural world.

It all started with a simple question: what was Europe’s fastest game bird?

During a 1951 shooting party, Sir Hugh Beaver, the Managing Director of the Guinness Brewery, got into a heated debate over the answer to that question. And, with no definitive solution, he set about creating the first collection of superlative facts on August 27, 1955 called The Guinness Book of Records.

To help you celebrate the world’s best, worst, largest and smallest, here are five astonishing dental world records

Most People Flossing on the Same Length of Floss

A total of 1,470 people, including students, parents and teachers from Lake Norman Elementary School and Brawley Middle School (USA), flossed their teeth for 55 seconds on a single line of dental floss measuring 6,000 feet on March 19, 2004

Most People Brushing Their Teeth

The most people brushing their teeth simultaneously was 177,003 at 380 locations across India for an attempt organized by Colgate-Palmolive (India) Ltd. in association with the Indian Dental Association (IDA) on October 9, 2007.

Largest Dental Caps

The world’s largest dental caps measure approximately 50 centimeters by 13 centimeters and weigh 28 pounds each. They were fixed onto a pair of cracked tusks belonging to Spike, a resident Asian elephant, at the Calgary Zoo in Alberta, Canada on July 4, 2002. More dental adhesive was used in this one procedure than all the dentists in Canada used collectively throughout 2001!

Most Expensive Tooth Sold at Auction

Napoleon Bonaparte’s upper right canine was sold for £11,000 (then $19,140) in 1817 at the Dominic Winter auction in Wiltshire, UK, on November 10, 2005. The tooth is believed to have been extracted due to a scurvy during Napoleon’s exile on the South Atlantic British Island of St. Helena following his defeat in the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

Largest Collection of Toothpaste Tubes

The largest collection of toothpaste tubes was recorded on June 15, 2012 and belongs to Val Kolpakov of Alpharetta, Georgia. The collection consists of 2,037 different tubes of toothpaste from all over the world, including items from Japan, Korea, China, India and Russia.

What’s your favorite Guinness World Record? Let us know in the comments below!

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