Rabbi Moishe Dovid Lebovits, author of the Halachically Speaking series, is coming out with a book on Teeth and Dentistry in Halacha. In the flyer advertising the book (PDF), there is a list of the topics covered in the book. One of these topics is "Tzitzis and Teeth".

What is the connection between Tzitzis and teeth?

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    Cutting tzizts with teeth? Or connection to 32 teeth and 32 strings
    – sam
    Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 1:47
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    I'm not sure if this is on topic because the answer is given in the book -- why guess when the answer is provided in the sefer?
    – rosends
    Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 1:52
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    Maybe the suspense is too much...
    – sam
    Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 1:53
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    After I had my wisdom teeth removed, one of the rebbeim at my yeshiva facetiously accused me of being אחד בפה ואחד בלב (now that I no longer had 32 teeth).
    – Fred
    Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 1:57
  • This sound like a riddle, not a real question.
    – Al Berko
    Commented Jul 17, 2019 at 5:07

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Wearing Tzitzit helps reduce toothaches and teeth pains

This is brought in a Hirhurim blogpost on Tzitzit:

It is said that being careful in the observance of the mitzva of Tzitzit is a segula for preventing tooth aches. [Kaf Hachaim 11:17].

The Kaf Hachaim (Sofer), brings it here. He, in turn, is quoting the Kaf Hachaim (Palaggi) 10:12 and others, who quote the Derech Yeshara saying that wearing tzitzit is a segula for preventing toothaches. You can see the Kaf Hachaim (Palaggi) here. They connect it to the fact that there are 32 teeth in the mouth, and 32 stings on a Tzitzit strings on a garment.


Probably this, from Magen Avraham 11:18:

כ' בשל"ה ומט"מ שאל יחתוך בסכין אלא ינשכם בשיניו ע"ש:

Shaloh and Mateh Moshe say that you shouldn't cut [the tzitzis strings] with a knife, but bite them with your teeth; see there.

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