Tooth Trivia Quiz from Your Knoxville Dentist

Your teeth serve important functions. Without your teeth, you wouldn’t be able to tear, chew, or grind food. For those of us with a full set of teeth, it may seem difficult to imagine what life is like without them. Patients who have experienced tooth loss could easily tell you how missing teeth affects their quality of life. To illustrate…

Your teeth serve important functions. Without your teeth, you wouldn’t be able to tear, chew, or grind food. For those of us with a full set of teeth, it may seem difficult to imagine what life is like without them. Patients who have experienced tooth loss could easily tell you how missing teeth affects their quality of life. To illustrate how important your teeth are, try to imagine swallowing a t-bone steak without being able to chew or grind it into smaller pieces. To increase our patients’ appreciation for their teeth, Dr. Jim Erpenbach and our staff have composed a short quiz to test your dental knowledge.

Tooth Trivia Quiz for Knoxville Residents

1.       Most adults have five types of permanent teeth. True/False

2.       Teeth develop during the second trimester of pregnancy. True/False

3.       Teeth are made of bone. True/False

4.       The pulp chambers inside your teeth hold nerve endings. True/False

5.       Tooth enamel is almost as strong as diamonds. True/False

6.       Everyone has wisdom teeth. True/False

7.       Enamel damage doesn’t harm your teeth. True/False

8.       Canines are the sharpest teeth in your mouth. True/False

Answers

1.       True – Most people have incisors, canines, bicuspids, molars, and wisdom teeth.

2.       True – During pregnancy, teeth begin to develop in the jawbone.

3.       False – Although many people believe teeth are made of bone, they are actually comprised of enzymes.

4.       True – Pulp chambers also house cellular structures.

5.       True – Tooth enamel is made of minerals and is the strongest substance in the human body.

6.       False – Some people do not have wisdom teeth. However, most people with wisdom teeth need extractions because they erupt through the gum line later in life than other permanent teeth.

7.       False – Enamel damage contributes to tooth decay. Enamel damage exposes the interior structures of your teeth to harmful bacteria.

8.       True – Canines are the sharpest type of teeth. They are also the only type of anterior teeth that have cusps.

Dr. Erpenbach encourages his patients to visit his office regularly for checkups and cleanings along with adopting a meticulous oral hygiene regimen. With proper care, your teeth can last a lifetime. To schedule an appointment at our Knoxville dentist office, contact us at (804) 417-7203. We serve patients from West Knoxville and the Bearden area of Knoxville.

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