Transcript:

Hello and welcome to episode 79 of Elmar’s Tooth Talk-  The Missing Link To Total Health

The response to tooth quiz #1 was so positive and many said they would like more of it, I am happy to say, here is tooth quiz #2

For those listening for the first time, here is a brief overview how the tooth quiz works.

HOW does the quiz work?

I make a statement and you decide whether the statement is correct or wrong. I will wait a few seconds for you to consider your answer and then I provide the correct answer.

Everyone will be a winner. Either you know the right answer, which is fantastic, or you learn something new which is even better, or you just refresh what you’ve already heard before.

WHAT if you don’t take the quiz?

Well, then you can’t check your knowledge and if the question arises in “real life”, you first have to check out Dr. Google who often has a different opinion than I do.

WHAT when you take the quiz?

It’s fun and you can playfully check your knowledge. Some questions will probably bring an “aha moment” because you knew you know it; it just wasn’t present straight away. 

And now that you’ve heard it again, the answer will stick even better. Therefore, the quiz will refresh, expand and deepen your knowledge. 

Like last time, there are again 20 questions.

Ready to rock?

Let’s go!

THE TOOTH QUIZ #2

(Hover over below the questions to reveal the answers)

Question 21: Children have 24 baby teeth

Your answer: right or wrong

The correct answer: False

They have 20 teeth. 10 per jaw and five per quadrant. There are two front teeth, one canine and two molars. 

Question 22: A tooth consists of four layers

Your answer: right or wrong

The correct answer: Correct

A tooth consists of four layers. 

Layer one: the enamel, which is the outermost layer, 

Layer two: the dentin as the middle layer

Layer three: the pulp as the innermost layer with nerves and vessels. 

Layer four: the root cementum. The tooth enamel merges into the root cementum

Question 23: With an interdental brush you can clean all tooth areas.

Your answer: right or wrong

The correct answer: False

The interdental brush has been developed to clean the spaces between the teeth, which are also called interdental spaces

Question 24: Periodontitis is the disease of a tooth when the tooth gets a cavity.

Your answer: right or wrong

The correct answer: False

Periodontitis is the inflammation of the gums that also. Cavities in the teeth are referred to as tooth decay

Question 25: Bacteria that cause inflamed gums can also cause disease elsewhere in the body.

Your answer: right or wrong

The correct answer: Correct

Research has shown that these bacteria can also cause heart disease

Question 26: Plaque is found in most toothpastes

Your answer: right or wrong

The correct answer: False

Plaque is the technical term for the soft layer that builds around the neck of the teeth if they are not cleaned properly.

Question 27: Smokers are more at risk of developing periodontitis than non-smokers

Your answer: right or wrong

The correct answer: Correct

Depending on the number of cigarettes smoked per day, smokers have a 2 –15 times higher risk of developing periodontitis. From 10 cigarettes the risk increases exponentially. Tobacco smoke promotes the growth of the causative bacteria and has a negative impact on the gums. Smokers usually respond less well to periodontitis treatment.

Question 28: A root canal treatment removes all bacteria from the tooth.

Your answer: right or wrong

The correct answer: False

Root canal treatment only removes the bacteria located in the main canals which can be reached by such a treatment. In channels that can’t be accessed by root canal treatment bacteria remain present. 

Because each tooth consists of a huge network of tiny little channels, also called tubules, which is estimated to be up to three kilometres long, many bacteria remain in these tubules and continue to produce there endotoxins

Question 29: Babies can already be born with high levels of mercury.

Your answer: right or wrong

The correct answer: Correct

During pregnancy, women detoxify their mercury load and other toxins into their unborn child and continue to do so whilst breastfeeding

Question 30: If father and mother have a lot of amalgam fillings, the detoxification echanism in their children may be impaired

Your answer: right or wrong

The correct answer: Correct

In studies, Professor Boyd Haley was able to show that if father and mother have mercury fillings, the children of these parents are more likely to have difficulty excreting their heavy metals, and mercury is one such heavy metal.

Question 31: Amalgam must be disposed of as hazardous waste from the dental practice

Your answer: right or wrong

The correct answer: Correct

Remnants of amalgam drilled out of or left over from new fillings must be kept in a special container, disposed of by a special company and deposited as hazardous waste

Question 32: Mercury vapor escapes from amalgam fillings in particular high amounts when chewing, consuming hot drinks or when smoking

Your answer: right or wrong

The correct answer: Correct

The measured values ​​quickly and often exceed the maximum permitted workplace concentration. The same thing happens when you chew gum or grind your teeth.

Question 33: Amalgam fillings are forbidden to use in the UK

Your answer: right or wrong

The correct answer: False

The use of amalgam in tooth fillings is not prohibited in the UK. The GDC as well as the BDA still think it is fundamentally harmless. Don’t you think it is time they come to terms with basic chemistry?

Question 34: If there are amalgam fillings and other metals in the mouth, their interaction creates a battery effect, which causes even more mercury to be released from the fillings.

Your answer: right or wrong

The correct answer: Correct

This battery effect means that mercury release from fillings increases up to tenfold and can result in an even greater mercury load on the organism.

This battery effect can also take place between two amalgam fillings, since not all amalgam fillings have exactly the same composition

Question 35: This battery effect from question 34 cannot be perceived by the patient

Your answer: right or wrong

The correct answer: False

This battery effect is characterized by a metallic taste 

Question 36: The American Dental Association (ADA) was founded in 1859 by amalgam advocates,

Your answer: right or wrong

The correct answer: Correct

The founding fathers of the ADA were in favour of the use of amalgam. The predecessor organization, the American Society of Dental Surgeons founded in 1840, was opposed to the use of mercury. Therefore the members of the ASDS were kicked out for their stand against amalgam

Question 37: Evidence regarding the risk of amalgam fillings in humans was already present in the early 20th century

Your answer: right or wrong

The correct answer: Correct

As early as 1927, the German chemist Professor Alfred Stock confirmed that mercury was the source of his own health problems. He studied the release of mercury from amalgam fillings and published his discoveries in over 30 scientific articles.

Stock also led an initiative aimed at banning the use of mercury in humans. One of his articles was “The danger of mercury and amalgam fillings” (Stock, Alfred, Chemische Berichte Berlin 1928).

Question 38: Suicide rates and alcoholism among dentists are higher than in the average population.

Your answer: right or wrong

The correct answer: Correct

These facts have been confirmed in various studies. 

Question 39: In the case of a fungal disease with Candida, mercury pollution should be considered

Your answer: right or wrong

The correct answer: Correct

Candida fungus helps the body eliminate mercury. Therefore, as long as there is still mercury in your mouth or somewhere else in the body, the fungus should not be eliminated.

Question 40: Drinking fluoridated water successfully reduces the risk of tooth decay.

Your answer: right or wrong

The correct answer: False

The city of Basel in Switzerland has after decades of water fluoridation cancelled the program due to lack in evidence that the population’s susceptibility to caries had actually decreased.

Already in 1961, the Swedish Court of Justice declared water fluoridation illegal.

Okay that was it. Another 20 questions. 

I wonder if you learned something new or at least refresh your mind? 

Does it motivate you to listen again to one of the podcast episodes?

Until next time

Bye for now.

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