Fall 2012

The D List

A smattering of dentistry tidbits to inform, amuse and amaze


The national average, per tooth, left by the Tooth Fairy in 2011, according to Delta Dental. (Still in doubt about how much to leave? There’s an app for that, available from iTunes.)

Inga 1-for D list


Number of Tufts Dental towels that Inga Keithly, president of the class of D12, stuffed into her car and hauled to the Medford/Somerville campus for commencement in May. The towels were gifts to the graduates from the class officers.

6,500 Years

Age of a human jaw bone, with a tooth showing traces of beeswax filling, discovered in Slovenia. “This finding is perhaps the most ancient evidence of prehistoric dentistry in Europe,” reports one of the researchers who discovered it.


Number of videos of spontaneous and posed smiles in the University of Amsterdam Smile Database, the most comprehensive such collection assembled.

sugar cubes81%

Percentage of respondents to a quiz on the ADA website Mouthhealthy.org who mistakenly believe that sugar causes cavities.


Percentage of parents who
reported arguing with their kids at least once a week about brushing their teeth, according to an Ad Council survey.

$39 Million

Amount the American Dental Association and its state chapters have spent since 1999 on political lobbying, according to the National Institute on Money in State Politics.


Running time for “D12 Dynamite,” a music video, set to the tune of Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite,” made by 2012 graduates. The lyrics refer to graduation requirements.


Place that the Tufts team of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) took at the first 2011–12 ASDA district debate. The trophy now resides in the seventh-floor lounge.


Number of astronauts it took to replace a power unit on the International SpaceStation during a spacewalk in September. They improvised tools from spare parts and a toothbrush.





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