TERRIFIC TOOTH TRIVIA (compiled by the Michigan Dental Association)
Bet you didn’t know that the soreness you feel when you burn your mouth on mozzarella cheese has a name – pizza palette.
Or that only the common cold beats tooth decay as the most prevalent disease in the United States – even though a third of us make it all the way to the age of 17 without ever getting a cavity.
Or that your teeth are as unique as your fingerprints. In fact, even identical twins have different “dental fingerprints!”
In fact, there’s probably all kinds of things you didn’t know about your most important orifice – your mouth.
Read on for more rocking trivia that’ll stump even your most Cliff Clavin-like friends.
Q. Guess who worked as a silversmith, a copper plate engraver, a dentist, and still found time to warn the countryside when the Brits were coming?
A. Paul Revere
Q. And who do you suppose daydreamed of the westerns he would someday write while cleaning an unlucky patient’s teeth?
A. Zane Grey
Q. What fearless female shattered the fluoride ceiling when she received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1866?
A. Lucy Hobbs Taylor
Q. What famous artist depicted his stone-faced dentist as a farmer in “American Gothic”?
A. Grant Wood
Q. Which celebrities have donned braces to make their smiles even more glamorous after achieving stardom?
A. If you guessed Diana Ross, Carol Burnett, Cher, Jill St. John or Jack Klugman, you’re right!
Q. How many athletes avoid dental tragedy each year by covering their pearly whites with mouth guards?
Q. What delectable dairy delights should you chomp on to keep your smile sparkling white?
A. Cheese! Specifically, aged cheddar, Swiss or Monterey Jack)
Q. Which Michigan city was the first in the United States to protect its citizens’ teeth by fluoridating the water?
A. Grand Rapids
And, the million dollar question is . . .
Q. What obscure Mexican super-plant is 1,000 times sweeter than table sugar, doesn’t cause tooth decay and could ultimately serve as a low calorie sweetener?
A. (drumroll please) Lippa dulcis! If you got that one right, you’re probably a dentist.