How much do you know about your teeth? Find out with our Teeth Test Quiz
Teeth are one of the most extraordinary parts of your body, but we only really notice their incredible strength when something’s not right. How much do you really know about the little wonders inside your mouth? If you think you’ve got what it takes to conquer our ultimate test of tooth wisdom, see how you get on with these ten tough teeth questions.
Question 1: How many bacteria are your mouth and teeth home to?
Question 2: What is the outer surface of a tooth called?
Question 3: What year were the first fillings created?
Question 4: What are the four types of teeth in your mouth called?
Question 5: How many more teeth are in an adult’s mouth compared to a child’s.
Question 6: What percentage of adults develop wisdom teeth?
Question 7: How long should you brush your teeth for?
Question 8: How much of your teeth are visible?
Question 9: At what age do babies develop their first set of teeth?
Question 10: Which organisation developed the wire used for braces in 1959?
Ready or not, here are the answers:
Q1 Answer: The mouth and teeth are the residence of over 6 billion bacteria. Don’t worry though, lots of these are essential for healthy dental hygiene.
Q2 Answer: The strongest part of your entire body, the enamel plays a major part in keeping your teeth safe, so make sure you repay the favour with regular brushing.
Q3 Answer: Designed by Auguste Taveau, the very first fillings were silver coins combined with mercury in 1816, which we wouldn’t suggest trying now!
Q4 Answer: The four types of teeth are called Incisors, Canines, Premolars and Molars, each one having their own designated role when you chew.
Q5 Answer: Adults have 12 more teeth than children. Wisdom teeth are the last four of these and some adults never even develop them.
Q6 Answer: Surprisingly, studies have shown that only 53% of adults develop at least one wisdom tooth.
Q7 Answer: Ok this is an easy one. The general rule is twice a day for two minutes but it wouldn’t do any harm to have a good floss too!
Q8 Answer: Like icebergs in the sea, only a third of each tooth is visible inside your mouth, meaning you probably won’t ever see how big they really are.
Q9 Answer: Even though you may not see them for a few months, babies start growing their teeth after only 5 weeks in the womb.
Q10 Answer: Brace yourself for this one. NASA developed the heat resistant, metal alloy Nickel Titanium for their space shuttles, which also happened to be ideal as a flexible teeth straightener.
How many did you get right?
1-3: Toothless. Is there anything more to say?
3-6: Maybe you were biting off more than you could chew. Not great but not bad.
6-8: A dazzling display, but there’s still room for improvement. A flossing up of your dental facts now and again and you’ll be flying in our next quiz.
9-10: You've really brushed up on your teeth trivia! We're sure that your smile is just as remarkable as your score.
Thanks for having a go at our terrific tooth trivia quiz! Don’t worry if you got left behind, sharpen up those facts and come back for another round soon.