Most of the time, when you learn about dentists, you hear “boring” facts. Even though it’s important to know why sugar gives you cavities, it’s not fun to learn about it.

We’ve put together a list of fun and funny facts about dentists that you might find more interesting.

Someone Used Dental Floss to Escape From Prison

Dentists tell you to floss your teeth every day, but a prisoner in West Virginia used his floss in a different way. Robert Dale Shepard braided dental floss to make a rope in 1994. He then tried to get it through one of the fences in the leisure yard. His first try failed because the rope wasn’t long enough. Even the loose rope was found by the guards.

But when that didn’t work, he made a new rope out of 48 strands of floss. He was able to get over the fence that time. He did this by putting a battery on the end to make it heavier and then throwing it over the fence. He then ran from the police for 41 days before he was caught.

North American Kids Spend About Half a Billion Annually on Chewing Gum

Because it has sugar, gum with sugar in it is bad for your teeth. But choosing versions without sugar can make you salivate more. This helps your mouth fight off germs, which makes it less likely that your teeth will get cavities.

Even though it might be good for your teeth, you might be surprised to hear that North American kids spend about $500 million on gum each year. At least, this was the number that was going around the internet a while back.

Statista’s most current numbers show that the top chewing gum brand, Wrigley’s, sells $657.3 million worth of gum by itself. If you’re wondering, the most popular regular gum is Wrigley’s Doublemint, and the most popular sugar-free gum is Wrigley’s Extra.

You Spend About 82 Days of Your Life Brushing

On the Internet, you might see that, on average, you will spend 38.5 days of your life brushing your teeth. But it’s almost hard to find where this number came from.

But the Oral Health Foundation’s official projection is based on facts. At the time the estimate was made, the average life expectancy in the UK was 81.5 years. It also assumes you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, as recommended by dentists. If that’s true, you’ll spend the equal of 82 days brushing your teeth over the course of your life. For comparison, this is the same as 118,990 minutes or 1,983.16 hours.

Your Tongue-Print Is Unique

One quick fun fact is that your tongue print is unique. Like a fingerprint, a tongue print could be used for tracking or other things. A 2016 study backs up this fact.

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