July 2015 articles

For the Record

Setting records is usually a good thing – the fastest mile, the strongest person, the most wins. But when it comes to setting records with your pearly whites, most are major no-nos.

While your teeth are incredibly strong, using them for feats like the ones below can lead to breaks, chips or cracks.1 Some of the extreme stunts could even result in jaw misalignment and other problems. Use your teeth as they’re intended – not to carry a person or tow a bus!

  • In November 2014, Missourian Steve Schmidt used his teeth to remove five nails from a piece of wood in just 7.44 seconds.2 Someone hand this guy a pair of pliers.
  • In 2008, George Christen of Luxembourg ran a distance of 38 feet, 8 inches while holding 136 pounds, 10 ounces with his teeth. Of that weight, 26 pounds, 7 ounces was a table. The other 110 pounds, 3 ounces was a woman sitting on the table. 3
  • It’s hard enough to husk a coconut using the right tools, let alone your mouth – which is what Sidaraju S. Raju of India did in just 28.06 seconds in 2003.4
  • When your car breaks down, call a tow truck – don’t use your teeth. On January 7, 2015, Igor Zaripov of Russia achieved the “Heaviest road vehicle pulled by teeth” record when he pulled a bus weighing 30,233 pounds with his teeth for 16 feet.5

Here’s one record that we can get behind: In 2005, 13,380 people gathered at Cuscatlán Stadium in San Salvador, El Salvador, to brush their teeth simultaneously6 – hopefully with fluoride toothpaste and for the recommended two minutes!

1 http://oralhealth.deltadental.com/Search/22,Delta108
2 http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/59960-fastest-time-to-extract-5-nails-from-wood-using-the-teeth
3 http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/longest-distance-keeping-a-table-lifted-with-teeth
4 http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/fastest-time-to-husk-a-coconut-with-teeth
5 http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/heaviest-road-vehicle-pulled-by-teeth
6 http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/most-people-brushing-their-teeth


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