Hair is the first thing. And teeth the second.
Hair and teeth. A man got those two things he’s got it all.
We use our pearly white ivories pretty much on a daily basis, sometimes to chew, sometimes to beautify a smile, and we tend to take them granted. But, you might not know how strange can the human tooth be. Have you heard of a tooth growing out of someone’s foot, or nose? Check out some of these incredible facts about your pearly whites:
1 – Actors’ Teeth
You might have heard about celebrities gaining and losing weight, but have you heard of them attacking their teeth? For the 1999 classic Fight Club, Brad Pitt paid a dentist to chip away at his chompers, giving Durden a much edgier look. Comedian Ed Helms, was apparently born missing a tooth, and at the age of fifteen, he filled the gap with an implant, which helped him for his role as Stu Price in The Hangover.
2 – The Norwegian Tooth Bank
Like how there are sperm banks, and blood banks, in Norway the scientists are busy working on an even stranger special facility just for storing milk teeth, also known as the deciduous teeth, which generally we lose as a child. Researchers in Norway are behind becoming the world’s largest tooth bank and they claim that studying them together with blood and urine samples, will tell them how the environmental contaminants affect the mother’s and child’s health.
3 – Teeth Tattoos
Quite popular these days, the teeth tattoos are applied on the crown or cap, and they are permanent. But the researchers are taking this to another level, by using graphene instead of ink, claiming that these are electronic sensors, imprinted on silk. They can apparently help the scientists to study which bacteria is crawling inside your mouth.
4 – The Fake Braces of Asia
Most people consider braces as Geeky and Ugly, but in Asian countries like Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia, the are considered super cool and kind of a status symbol of the rich. That’s where fashion braces, or kawat gigi untuk gaya, come in, running about $100 sold in markets, beauty salons, and online. Do-It-Yourself kits were extremely popular, despite they were against the law in Thailand.
5 – Buddha’s Teeth
Buddhism has its own share of holy objects including the ones plucked out from the Buddha’s mouth. In Sri Lanka, in the city of Kandy, the Temple of the Tooth has the sage’s left canine on display, which became a symbol of power after his death. Another one is in Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum in Singapore and in Rosemead, California that is still apparently growing and has healing powers.
6 – John Lennon’s Tooth
In the 1960s, John Lennon gave his rotten molar to his housekeeper, Dot Jartlett, which remained with family until 2011 when they sold it for over $30,000 to Michael Zuk, a dentist who used the tooth to draw attention to mouth cancer. His ultimate goal apparently is to clone the rockstar for which, he allegedly teamed up with a group of scientists who have begun sequencing Lennon’s DNA.
7 – The Incredibly Creepy Jesus Statue
Dating back to the 18th century, “The Lord of Patience” – 3’8” wooden statue depicts Jesus moments before his crucifixion. While an X-Ray, the scientists found that his teeth had roots and judging by the size they were probably removed from a healthy adult. But what was weird was, why would anyone put real teeth inside a wooden statue?
8 – The Boy With 232 Teeth
Ashik Gavai a seventeen-year-old Indian boy, suffered from a complex composite odontoma, where a benign tumor in his jaw, made his gums a tooth factory. The doctors removed 232 “pearl-like” teeth from the boy’s mouth and also discovered a marble like a brick that had to be broken using hammer and chisel.
9 – The Man With A Tooth In His Nose
A twenty-two-year-old man, having nose bleeds quite frequently visited the doctor only to find that a tooth, about 1 cm long, was growing in his left nostril. A weirder case is of Doug Pritchard, who had a tooth growing in his foot.
10 – Tooth-Eye Surgery
Christopher Lui promised Martin Jones, to restore his vision with a radical operation known as modified osteo-odonot-keratoprosthesis (MOOKP), in which, he removed one of his canines, drilled a small hole in the tooth, placed a lens inside, stitched the tooth into his cheek, allowing it to develop vessels and tissue before sticking the canine into Jones’ right eyeball. Jones could suddenly see everything, with the new lens in place. But, despite its effectiveness, surgeons prefer a technique known as Boston Keratoprosthesis, which involves a prosthetic cornea.