Everyone loves fun facts and dental tips. Fun, fun, fun! Drs. Robert Ritter, Christopher Ramsey, and Isabelle Ritter and our team at Ritter & Ramsey came across these dental fun facts recently and thought you might enjoy! • The second most common disease in the United States is cavities. The first is the common cold. • There are almost 9,000 accidental pockings and piercings with toothpicks per year. • X-rays may be an effective tool in preventing strokes. • A child will have 20 baby teeth by the time he or she is 2 years old. Through childhood, kids gradually lose baby teeth and grow 32 permanent teeth, including wisdom teeth. • According to consumer reports, dentists are among the 5 most trusted professionals in the United States. • Approximately $2 billion a year is spent on dental products like toothpastes, mouthwashes and dental floss. • The average American spends about 38 days brushing teeth over his or her lifetime. • Kids in North America spend half a billion dollars per year on chewing gum. • Approximately 94 percent of Americans say they brush nightly while only 81 percent say they brush first thing in the morning. • Grand Rapids, MI was the first American city to fluoridate its water. • Earliest record of a toothbrush was found in Chinese literature about 1600 AD • The natural bristles of early toothbrushes were taken from the necks and shoulders of swine, especially pigs living in colder climates like Siberia and China.