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1. Before the 19th century, dentistry was not a separate profession. Apart from general physicians, which "cutting" profession did people visit to get a tooth pulled?
2. We've moved through various dental filling materials over the centuries, from beeswax 6,500 years ago to gold and silver-mercury amalgam in the 20th century. What's the most common dental filling material used today (especially for front teeth)?
3. The belief that a "tooth worm" caused dental caries traces back to Sumerian texts from 5000 BC. Who was the 14th century French surgeon who continued to promote this belief, and who was the 17th century French physician who scotched it?
4. How many teeth did King Pyrrhus of Egypt have in his mouth when his mummy (no, not his mother) was discovered?
5. What oral complaint are SCUBA divers and pilots more prone to get than the rest of us?
6. In 1932 W.C. Fields starred in a knuckle-whitening classic movie called "The Dentist", and in 1996 another movie with the same name was produced by Brian Yuzna. Which real-life dentist and serial killer (what a dog!) was Yuzna's film allegedly inspired by?
7. Which two diseases have been particularly associated with poor oral hygiene?
8. A constant diet of sugary foods and drinks coupled with poor dental hygiene is widely accepted as the primary cause of dental caries, yet public health authorities hold fast to a 1940s belief that adding a substance to our water supply will protect our pearly whites. What is this substance?
9. Patients suffering from odontophobia, dentophobia, dentist phobia, or dental anxiety are often helped by inhaling what type of gas through a nose mask?
10. A system of dental notation assigns each tooth two numbers. The first number indicates quadrant (starting from the upper right) and the second number indicates position of tooth from the midline of the face. So, what numbers do your two upper front teeth have?
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