Oral Health 101
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Oral Health 101

How often should you floss? Do you really need mouthwash? Test your oral-health smarts with this quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

What are some benefits of good oral health?

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The correct answer is: Good oral health does not just mean you have pretty teeth. The word "oral" refers to your entire mouth, which includes your teeth, gums, jawbone, and all supporting tissues. Your whole mouth needs care to stay healthy!

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which of the following is not a threat to your teeth's enamel?

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The correct answer is: Over-the-counter (OTC) whitening gels containing a level of 3.6% hydrogen peroxide, equivalent to 10% carbamide peroxide, are considered safe and won't harm the enamel on your teeth if used according to the directions. Professional treatments may contain higher levels of these ingredients, but they also contain fluoride to counteract any enamel damage.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

A vegetarian diet is the healthiest for good oral health.

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The correct answer is: Although a vegetarian diet is largely seen to be healthy, some vegetarians are at risk for not getting enough vitamin D or calcium. Not having enough of these essential nutrients might soften teeth, leading to decay and possibly periodontal disease.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

A deficiency of what vitamin leads to cracks at the corner of the mouth?

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The correct answer is: Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) deficiency can lead to shiny red lips, sore tongue, cracks and sores at the corner of the mouth.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Which of the following does not reduce the bacteria or its growth on your toothbrush?

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The correct answer is: Covering the head of your toothbrush, before it has completely dried, increases bacteria growth because of the moist environment. To decrease bacteria, run your toothbrush through the dishwasher. Also, air-dry your toothbrush nightly to keep bacteria at bay (don't close it up in a drawer). And keep your toothbrush away from the toilet, as germs from flushing can travel up to six feet! Don't forget to replace your toothbrush every 3 months.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Do you have to use a mouthwash if you brush your teeth regularly?

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The correct answer is: The American Dental Association (ADA) suggests that you rinse with a fluoride antimicrobial mouthwash along with brushing with an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

How often should you floss your teeth?

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The correct answer is: While brushing regularly keeps teeth clean and gums healthy, using dental floss each day helps remove plaque, a sticky film, and food particles from between the teeth.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

What's an important influence in original teeth color?

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The correct answer is: Original tooth shades are genetically pre-determined.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

What happens if tartar and plaque stay on my teeth?

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The correct answer is: If the plaque and tartar aren't removed, the bacteria set up camp in the periodontal area between teeth and at the gum line. At first, the calcifications and colonization cause mild gingivitis, swelling, and bleeding of gums. But as more bacteria take hold in plaque-and tartar-laden gums, gingivitis can advance to full-blown periodontitis. Eventually the pus-filled, inflamed tissue pulls away from the tooth, the bone is compromised and exposed, and the tooth can no longer stay anchored in the mouth.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

What causes an impacted tooth?

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The correct answer is: If there is not enough room for a tooth to erupt into the mouth it will become impacted. This is a very common problem with wisdom teeth.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Why does the dentist take x-rays of the teeth and jaws?

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The correct answer is: X-rays help your dentist diagnose problems in your teeth and jaw. In adults, X-ray films can be used to show areas of decay between teeth, which may not be visible in an oral examination.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

What is a dental implant?

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The correct answer is: Dental implants are used to replace missing teeth. They serve as artificial roots for crowns. Most implants are made from titanium because it has a unique ability to fuse easily with bone

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

What could happen if you neglect to brush and floss your teeth?

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The correct answer is: Poor oral health can cause mouth bacteria to grow quickly, which can lead to periodontitis. This serious infection of the gums allows bacteria to enter the bloodstream where it can cause many other health issues. Ask your dentist about the early warning signs of periodontitis and its predecessor, gingivitis.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

What is a remedy to prevent tooth decay?

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The correct answer is: Fluoride is a natural remedy for dental caries (tooth decay) in both women and men. It occurs naturally in the world as fluoropatite, which contains about 3 to 4 percent fluoride. This can be mined from fluorinated calcium phosphate rocks.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

What foods are natural whiteners for teeth?

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The correct answer is: Try adding these natural whiteners to your diet for brighter, healthier teeth: Strawberries are powerful teeth whiteners that contain both an astringent and vitamin C. The astringent in strawberries effectively aids in the removal of surface stains while vitamin C whitens teeth by clearing away plaque. Apples act like a toothbrush as you chew them. The process of chewing an apple removes excess food and bacteriafrom your mouth while scrubbing away surface stains. Apples also contain malic acid, a chemical used in teeth whitening products that helps dissolve stains.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

What food is a natural mouthwash?

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The correct answer is: Raisins help to keep your teeth white by inducing saliva production. An increased level of saliva naturally helps to rinse away plaque.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

How does stress damage the teeth?

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The correct answer is: The grinding and clenching of teeth brought on by high stress levels can cause the enamel to pop off a tooth.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

What can stress do to your oral health?

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The correct answer is: Stress can contribute significantly to a number of oral health problems, including temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), myofacial pain dysfunction (MPD), and aphthous ulcers (canker sores).

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Women with periodontal disease are how much more likely to have a baby born preterm than women without any form of gum disease?

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The correct answer is: The hormonal changes of pregnancy can make a woman more vulnerable to gum disease. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, gum disease can increase premature births by 50%. It's important to brush and floss properly and schedule regular dentist visits during pregnancy.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

How many adults think an unattractive smile can affect career success?

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The correct answer is: A study by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry found that 74% of respondents felt an unattractive smile could negatively affect their career success. A startling 96% of respondents believed a bright, white smile made them look more attractive. Plus, scientists have found that the act of smiling causes physiologic changes to the brain that help us to feel happier.

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