The D List


The average amount baby boomers and senior citizens spent on dental care in 2010, according to the American Dental Association, up from $655 in 2000. Overall, though, spending on oral health remained flat that year because fewer younger adults visited the dentist.


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3 million

Number of teeth the National Youth Sports Safety Foundation says are knocked out annually during kids’ athletic events. It also reported that players who don’t wear mouth guards are 60 times more likely to sustain tooth damage.



Number of (razor-sharp) teeth in an opossum, the most of any North American mammal.

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2.6 meters

Height of Harbour Mouth Molars sculpture by Regan Gentry, on display at a park in Dunedin, New Zealand.


Cost, in new shekels, of the Israeli “Look Out for Your Teeth” dental health stamp, which adds an oral health twist to the biblical story of Adam and Eve.

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The year Hallmark issued its “I Want to be a Dentist” Christmas ornament, based on Hermey, the elf who loved to take care of teeth in the classic TV special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”