To DIY or Not DIY: Dental Instruments Quiz
by Staff
Going to the dentist can be a nerve-wracking and expensive experience. But should you ever fix your teeth yourself instead of visiting the dentist? Test your knowledge of the ins and outs of DIY dental tools.

According to the Chicago Dental Society, what percentage of people have reported to have tried DIY dentistry?

  • 50
  • 70
  • 25

What items might a DIY dental tool kit include?

  • probes and mirrors
  • materials to repair a filling, chipped tooth or dentures
  • All of the above

If you can't make it to the dentist, what should you use to get rid of tooth pain?

  • over-the counter pain relievers
  • extract the tooth on your own
  • don't do anything until you see a dentist

What can you use to temporarily repair a chipped tooth?

  • sugary gum
  • sugar-free gum or wax
  • superglue

For how long can you keep sugar-free gum or wax on a broken or chipped tooth?

  • 2 hours
  • 24 hours
  • 48 hours

What is an over-the-counter zinc oxide treatment that temporarily can repair a missing filling?

  • Dentotone
  • TeethTemp
  • Temparin

What is an over-the-counter oral gel that can temporarily relieve gum pain?

  • DenTemp OS
  • Anbesol
  • Gum Guard

True or False: In a survey conducted by the Chicago Dental Society, people reported using power tools to give themselves root canals.

  • True
  • False

What should you do before traveling if you're prone to dental problems?

  • Buy a DIY dental kit.
  • See your dentist.
  • Give yourself a self-cleaning

What is the name of the underlying layer of your teeth that can cause pain when exposed?

  • Anbesol
  • Dentin
  • Temparin

True or False: DIY dental tools are guaranteed to save you money on dental care.

  • True
  • False

Can you give yourself a tooth cleaning of the same quality as that of a dentist or dental hygienist with DIY kits?

  • Yes
  • No

Is it safe to use DIY dental tools?

  • Yes
  • No
  • Depends

If a filling falls out, should you try to save it?

  • Yes
  • No

In a DIY dental kit, what is a probe?

  • a drill for root canals
  • a mirror
  • the pick-like instrument that you can use to scrape plaque build-up from your teeth.

What should you do if you lose a filling and can't make it to the dentist?

  • Do nothing until you consult a dentist.
  • Fill it with glue.
  • Keep the tooth clean, avoid eating with that area of the mouth and temporarily fill it with zinc oxide.

What materials can you use to repair a lost crown?

  • Vaseline and cornstarch
  • superglue
  • zinc oxide

What should you include in an emergency tooth repair kit?

  • pain killers and a dentist's phone number
  • gauze, q-tips and salt packets
  • All of the above

Gum pain or bleeding could be a sign of what?

  • a serious bacterial infection
  • nothing to worry about
  • an infection that you can treat yourself with DIY dental tools

If you break or chip a tooth, you should follow the same procedure as when:

  • you lose a filling
  • you lose a crown
  • dentin is exposed