Astronauts And Dental Health

Good Teeth on Earth and Beyond!

Did you know that astronauts need not only perfect vision but also good teeth?

According to the European Space Agency officials, astronauts need good teeth “because the acceleration forces and vibrations during a flight into space can be very strong”. These acceleration forces can be up to 4x the body weight of an astronaut: this is enough pressure to make hidden cavities or inflamed nerves inside the teeth extremely painful. The vibrations during a space flight could cause loose fillings, crowns and bridges to be dislodged

If your child has aspirations to become an astronaut, you can let them know how important it is that they keep their teeth clean and healthy!

And if they change their minds about their career later on, hopefully they’ll retain the habit of excellent dental care for a lifetime.

http://science.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/04/17183331-chew-on-this-why-astronauts-need-good-teeth-in-space?lite

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