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  Tooth Be Told   popular trivia quiz  
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This is a quiz on various dentists who have made their mark on the world in one way or another. Open wide, please.
Average, 10 Qns, Creedy, Jul 28 16
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  The Extracting Profession of the Dentist   popular trivia quiz  
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The profession of the dentist has changed through time. While making a visit to the dentist may not be your favorite pasttime, what do you actually know about this profession and its past?
Average, 10 Qns, dcpddc478, Oct 18 12
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  Dentists Who Didn't Practice    
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We may all be afraid of going to the dentist. Here are some who didn't follow their chosen profession.
Average, 10 Qns, maskman22, Jan 17 17
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Dentists Trivia Questions

1. Pierre Fauchard, described as the father of modern dentistry, was responsible for gigantic strides forward in all aspects of dental care and treatment. Before his findings on tooth decay, for example, people ascribed it to which comical cause?

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Tooth Be Told

Answer: A tooth worm

French born Pierre Fauchard lived from circa 1678 until 1761. On joining the navy at the age of fifteen, he studied surgical methods for some years under a surgeon-major there. During this time he also studied scurvy, and dental problems in particular. On leaving the navy, he set up practice at the University in Angers, where he became known as a leading figure in dental surgery. He moved to Paris some time between 1716-18, where he spent many months researching his findings thoroughly, before compiling them into his great two volume work "Le Chirurgien Dentiste" ("The Dental Surgeon") in 1723. Fauchard's groundbreaking discoveries included the causes of tooth decay, advice on limiting sugar from diet as a result, findings related to tooth growth, the creation of teeth fillings such as amalgams or gold, and the practice of having teeth cleaned professionally by dentists periodically. He also created braces to correct teeth malformations, designed correct dental positioning for both dentist and patient, came up with the idea of the chair light, discovered and perfected various methods of oral surgery, instigated tooth transplantation, and even pioneered the use of several different dental prostheses. What a truly amazing man! Thank him sincerely in your mind next time you have a dentist looming over you with an instrument of mass destruction in his hands.

2. Doctor Edgar Buchanan became an actor. What American TV series is he most associated with?

From Quiz Dentists Who Didn't Practice

Answer: Petticoat Junction

Edgar Buchanan (March 20, 1903 to April 4, 1979) was an actor who began his practice in California. Edgar's father and wife were also dentists. Dr. Buchanan joined a community acting group and never looked back. He had a long career in both film and television. He is most remembered today as Uncle Joe Carson is from the 'Petticoat Junction' TV series (1963-1970). Uncle Joe also appeared on 'Green Acres' and 'The Beverly Hillbillies". After Doctor B. appeared in his first film ("My Son Is Guilty"(1939)) he turned his dentistry practice over to his wife. Buchanan's last film was 1974's "Benji". He also appeared in many Westerns throughout his career, such as; "McLintock!" (1963), "Ride the High Country" (1962), "The Comancheros" (1961) and "Shane" (1953).

3. Canadian born Weston Price (1870-1948) spent years researching root canals and the so called effect these had on the general health of individuals. He carried out endless dental case studies and experiments on which animal to prove his point?

From Quiz Tooth Be Told

Answer: Rabbits

One would think that interfering with the normal dental functioning of rabbits would definitely have a detrimental effect on the state of their health, but the peculiar thing is that Price then applied his findings to humans. The results, he claimed, were that root canals negatively impinged on human complexions, brought about intestinal disorders, anaemia, and other forms of ill health. This was known as focal infection theory, and it was quite the rage for almost half a century until it fell out of favour in the early 1950s. Price recommended tooth extraction instead. Oh, those poor bunnies!

4. What did Doctor William Lowell invent?

From Quiz Dentists Who Didn't Practice

Answer: The Wooden Golf Tee

Doctor William Lowell (1863 (date unavailable) to June 24, 1954) invented the wooden golf tee in the 1920s. He first made a batch of tees and painted them green. Lowell changed their color to red because the green ones were difficult to see in the grass of golf courses In 1922 Lowell signed a contract to manufacture tees with the Spalding Company. Lowell quickly was making and selling over $100,000 worth of celluloid tees. Other companies began making tees that were essentially like his and Dr. Lowell spent much of his time and money fighting to protect the US patent he had received in 1923.

5. Dr John Greenwood (1760-1819) designed which great American's dentures?

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Answer: George Washington

A common misconception is that President Washington's dentures were made from wood, but this turns out to be incorrect. Instead, Dr Greenwood made the great President's chompers from the tusks of a hippopotamus. For some reason this strikes me as slightly comical, but, moving along, another interesting fact about Dr Greenwood is that he was the son of a dentist himself, one Isaac Greenwood. Isaac was born in Boston in 1702, and holds the distinction of being the first American born dentist. It would be nice to record a distinguished career for Isaac, but alas, this is not the case. He was basically dismissed from several of his jobs for drunkenness, and, sadly so, finally drank himself to death in 1745. However, he does have one distinction that is recorded against his name. He also wrote and had published the first American book on mathematics. Isaac's son John also had a good head for mathematics it seems. In 2013, his letter to George Washington detailing his list of dental work and the associated charges was still on display at the Northwestern University at Illinois.

6. For centuries, in Western Civilization, what was believed to cause tooth decay?

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Answer: The tooth worm

An ancient tablet found in the city of Nineveh is known as "The Legend of the Toothworm". Scholars believe this tablet to be a copy of an even earlier legend. The idea of a tooth worm was found in many cultures, including Egyptian, Hebrew and Chinese. Worms were believed to enter the teeth while the person was eating, and would eat the tooth from the inside out.

7. Which dentist won the US Open Golf Tournament in 1949 and 1956?

From Quiz Dentists Who Didn't Practice

Answer: Cary Middlecoff

Emmett Cary Middlecoff (January 6, 1921 to September 1, 1998) quit as a practicing dentist to become a professional golfer in 1947. As a golfer Middlecoff won 40 professional tournaments, including the 1955 Masters and U.S. Open titles in 1949 and 1956. He was in two Hollywood movies as himself, "Follow the Sun" (1950) and "The Bellboy" (1960). Doctor Middlecoff was inducted into the Golf Hall of Fame in 1986.

8. To which famous American writer was the gambling and gunfighting dentist, Doc Holliday, related?

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Answer: Margaret Mitchell

Though Margaret Mitchel (1900-1949) was born many years after Doc Holliday, the two families were long interconnected by earlier marriages. Her famous work was the great novel, "Gone With the Wind", which was based around the tumultuous times of the American Civil War. The other three authors mentioned above were English. Doc Holliday was born in Georgia in 1851, and died from tuberculosis in Colorado in 1887, at the very young age of thirty-six. He becames a fully qualified dental practioner at the age of twenty-one, but only really worked at that trade for a short while. Once he contracted tuberculosis, people refused to go to him for treatment for fear of catching the illness. He subsequently turned to gambling to earn his living, and proved very adept at that line of business. This eventually led him into the seamier side of life where he encountered various unsavoury characters. Though Holliday didn't kill nearly the number of people that popular culture places to his credit, he did indeed polish off more than enough. His aim was said to be deadly, a handy skill to have both as a dentist and a gunslinger. He eventually became great friends with the lawman Wyatt Earp, and was by his side during the famous shootout at the Ok Corral in 1881 in Tombstone Territory. Only Wyatt Earp emerged from that gunfight unscathed. Holliday was bruised from the impact of a bullet hitting his gun holster, but otherwise unharmed. The rest of the members of the opposing sides either fled the scene or were killed or wounded during the shootout. The whole event only lasted thirty seconds, but more than thirty shots were fired during that time. The long lead-up to it and the aftermath makes fascinating reading. Before his death, he was once asked by a newspaper reporter if his conscience ever troubled him over the people he had killed. Holliday's response was a resounding no and "I coughed that up years ago, with my lungs".

9. If an 18th century medical practioner wanted to advertise that they engaged in tooth-pulling what would they use?

From Quiz The Extracting Profession of the Dentist

Answer: Hang rows of rotten teeth strung together in the window

As a form of advertisement, many barber-surgeons hung rows of rotten teeth in their windows and doors. The more teeth in the window the greater the skill and reputation of the barber-surgeon. I do hope you enjoyed the visual that you just got from this bit of trivia!

10. Which silversmith and dentist had a famous midnight ride?

From Quiz Dentists Who Didn't Practice

Answer: Paul Revere

Paul Revere (about January 1, 1735 to May 10, 1818) is best known as a successful American silversmith and patriot of the American Revolution. He is remembered as a messenger before the battles of Lexington and Concord, warning that "The British are coming". Revere's 'Midnight Ride' is known in the United States as symbolic of American patriotism. Revere practiced dentistry early in his adulthood.

11. The famous silent movie star George Field was the grandson of California's first dentist. What other handy profession did George's grandfather follow in those early risky days of dentistry, when anything could go wrong?

From Quiz Tooth Be Told

Answer: Attorney

George Field (1877-1925) was related to the wary dentist through his mother's side of the family. Henry Blankman was born in Amsterdam in 1813, but moved to the States in 1849. He quickly found his way down to San Francisco where he set up his lucrative joint practices of dentistry and law. Always handy to be a lawyer in case a dissatisfied dental customer sues one. He married Magdalena del Valle, the niece of a famous Mexican army leader. George graduated from acting on the boards of the San Francisco theatres to the new art of silent movies, where he made a total of 207 films between 1912-1924. One of these included the 1913 film "In the Twilight" which was based on a well known poem by Marc Edmund Jones. George's career was cut short by illness in 1924 and he died the following year from the effects of tuberculosis.

12. Which dentist developed a method to pasteurize grape juice, thereby making it non-alcoholic?

From Quiz Dentists Who Didn't Practice

Answer: Thomas Welch

Doctor Thomas Bramwell Welch (1825 to 1903) discovered a process to prevent grape juice from fermenting. Welch's was a Wesleyan Methodist, and this variety of Methodism was particularly strongly opposed the consumption or manufacture of intoxicating liquors. Welch lived in Minnesota and became a dentist in 1856. In 1869, Welch discovered a method of pasteurizing grape juice so that fermentation did not occur, so making the drink was non-alcoholic. Welch and his son sold grape juice as an adjunct to Thomas' dental practice. In 1893 the family began selling grape juice full time, and named the company Welch's Grape Juice.

13. American born Annie Elizabeth Delaney (1891-1995) was the second Black woman to practise dentistry in the state of New York. She came from a remarkable family, from her father's side in particular. Why was this?

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Answer: He was born into slavery

Born into slavery, this amazing man, the Reverend Henry Beard Delany, rose to become the first Black person to be elected to the position of a Bishop in the Episcopal Church in America. He was also Vice-Principal of a leading college in North Carolina. His wife, Nanny Logan Delany, was a teacher as well. Annie Elizabeth Delany, who was referred to as Bessie by all who knew her, was one of ten children of these remarkable parents. In 1918, she enrolled at Colombia University, the only Black woman in a class of 170 students to do so, and graduated with a dental degree in 1923. She was the second Black woman to practice dentistry in the state of New York. Bessie, who could be a bit of a fire-brand, took part in and organised many protests and marches for civil rights during her lifetime. At the ripe old age of 101, she and her older sister Sadie, aged 103, published a best selling book called "Having Our Say". This work, which detailed a century of their joint lifetimes, was on the top selling list of books for over two years, and was made into a successful Broadway play and television movie. A quote from English poet Richard Lovelace (1618-1657) springs to mind here for this remarkable family. "Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage".

14. The dentist involved in the 'Gunfight at the O.K. Corral' was 'Doc' ___.

From Quiz Dentists Who Didn't Practice

Answer: Holliday

John Henry "Doc" Holliday (August 14, 1851 to November 8, 1887) is known as a gambler and gunfighter of the American Old West. In 1872 Holliday was awarded a degree in Dental Surgery from the Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After graduation, he opened an practice in Atlanta, Georgia. He was diagnosed with consumption (tuberculosis) and went west for the more beneficial weather. Holliday practiced in Dallas, Texas and soon found he could make more by gambling. He was arrested in Texas for his gambling and decided to move west yet again. His hot temper and attitude made him an able gunfighter. 'Doc' met Wyatt Earp in Texas, when he aided Earp in a saloon gunfight. Holliday migrated to Tombstone, Arizona Territory in 1880. There he met up with Earp and his brothers Morgan and Virgil. In Tombstone, Holliday became involved in some violence that led up to the 'Gunfight at the O.K. Corral' in 1881. 'Doc' had an argument with Ike Clanton. The Clantons and McLaurys, local troublemakers, were apparently waiting for Holliday and were confronted by the Earps. Wyatt Earp and Tom McLaury were the first men to shoot, at the same instant, according to Wyatt. Holliday killed Tom McLaury. The entire incident took only a few minutes and about thirty shots were fired, leaving three dead.

15. Polish dentist Adolf Froelich (1887-1943) has also gone down in history as the inventor of which nautical device?

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Answer: Double propeller

Froelich invented this huge device in 1932. One would hope that drilling teeth was not the inspiration behind its inception. However, his invention made a vast difference to life on the ocean wave and for that he will aways be honoured. The device converts the rotating motion of the blades into a powerful thrusting force. Froelich was not only a dentist and an inventor of some note, he was also a soldier in the Polish army, and dabbled with improving brewing technology as well. One would also hope that he didn't sample too many of the latter's products before assuming the dentist's position.

16. The Mexican dentist, Ricardo Gonzalez Gutierrez, is quite possibly responsible for an entire generation of children suffering from coulrophobia. To set his young patients at ease in the chair, what did he used to do?

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Answer: Paint his face as a clown

It's hard to imagine anything more terrifying that a leering clown's face peering down into one's mouth just before the drill is introduced. Fortunately, however, this dental clown, born in 1946, was of a more genial kind. Ricardo used the stage name of Cepillin in his career, because he branched out from quite possibly terrifying children to death in his surgery, to television performances, then his own TV show, making several movies, travelling with a circus, and into the music industry as well, where he recorded several albums of children's songs. Cepillin, the name he chose for his entertainment career, means little toothbrush. This jolly dentist is known as the most famous clown in Mexico.

17. Doctor William Beers standardized the rules and popularized what sport?

From Quiz Dentists Who Didn't Practice

Answer: Lacrosse

Doctor William George Beers (May 5, 1843 to Dec 26, 1900). He was the prime mover in organizing and popularizing Lacrosse. He was also was dean of Canada's first dental college. He had published the rules of Lacrosse in 1860, which helped standardize the game.

18. Who played the hilarious role of the dentist in the 1986 movie musical, "Little Shop of Horrors"?

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Answer: Steve Martin

This is quite one of the funniest films ever made. The story revolves around plants from outer space that feed on human blood and that, unless stopped, will multiply out of all control and take over the world. It stars Rick Moranis, Ellen Greene and Steve Martin. The side story of the sadistic, laughing gas sniffing dentist, played by Martin, is absolutely hilarious.

19. Not a dentist, but, who is the Patron Saint of Dentistry?

From Quiz Dentists Who Didn't Practice

Answer: Saint Apollonia

Saint Apollonia according to legend, was tortured. Reportedly her torture included having all of her teeth violently pulled. For this reason, she is popularly regarded as the Patron Saint of dentistry and those suffering from toothache or other dental problems.

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