Do a quarter of Scots lack teeth?

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Do a quarter of Scots lack teeth?
« on: 27/06/2010 18:30:02 »
Jim Peters  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Chris, I was catching up on your podcasts and wondered about the significance of some of the numbers I heard.

In the study relating dental hygiene to heart attacks, I thought I heard that the study originally included 12000 people in Scotland, but that they had to eliminate 3000 because they had no teeth.

Is it reasonable to infer that one fourth of the residents in Scotland have no teeth?

What do you think?
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Do a quarter of Scots lack teeth?
« Reply #1 on: 27/06/2010 19:41:48 »
Gak cank ossibly be wrue.
There ain'ta no sanity clause, and there ain'ta no centrifugal force Šther.

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« Reply #2 on: 27/06/2010 19:52:45 »
The Scots even have their own word for false teeth : "wallies" ...

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Wallies  Teeth e.g. "Ah'll stoat yer wallies" (I'll punch you in the teeth)
http://www.firstfoot.com/dictionary/w.html

[The example phrase given may help explain the reason behind their lack of real teeth  [:)] ].
« Last Edit: 27/06/2010 20:28:03 by RD »