Test Your Dental Knowledge
Alabama Family Dentistry can help everyone in the family have a healthy mouth. We like to make sure everyone is knowledgeable about the proper way to take care of your teeth and maintain oral hygiene. Test your ability to filter fact from fiction with this quick, oral health themed fun game of “True or False.”
True or False: Chewing gun is always bad for your teeth.
False. The American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs has granted the ADA Seal of Acceptance to numerous sugarless gum companies. Studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals helps to avoid tooth decay. Munching on some gum increases saliva, which helps neutralize and break down plaque acids. These acids can decompose tooth enamel, forming the right environment for decay. However, chewing sugarless gum should only complement and not substitute daily flossing and twice-daily brushing.
True or False: You should replace your toothbrush every 6 months.
False. The ADA recommends trading in your toothbrush every three or four months, and sooner if the bristles are frayed. You might want to consider rinsing toothbrushes with mouthwash before brushing and soaking them in antibacterial rinse after brushing, if you are prone to infection because of a compromised immune system.
True or False: Losing your teeth is a natural part of the aging process.
False. Your teeth CAN last a lifetime if you continue to give them proper preventative care. You know the drill by now: brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss at least once a day and visit the dentist on a regular basis for dental cleanings and exams. These are all common healthy teeth rules, however, some adults still neglect these basic guidelines.
True or False: The amount of sleep you get affects your gums.
True. According to studies, sleep deprivation is second only to smoking among lifestyle factors, and disturbs oral health. People who get 7-8 hours of sleep showed less development of gum disease than those who sleep less than 6 hours.
True or False: Dentists recommend fluoride consumptions for adults and children of all ages.
False. Fluoride is known for being a leading cavity fighter; however, swallowing too much of it can cause tooth discoloration in children. Because of this fact, children younger than 2 shouldn’t use fluoridated toothpaste. Children who are 2 years or older only need a pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste.
True or False: Healthy teeth and gums reflect your body’s overall health.
True. The ADA says that the mouth can be a window to the body’s overall health. In the mouth, you can see signs of dietary deficiencies, drugs use, certain chronic diseases, and other conditions. Also, research has discovered a connection between periodontitis and heart disease and stroke.
True or False: Baby teeth are not that important. They are going to lose them anyways.
False. Baby teeth are imperative for many reasons. They maintain space for larger adult teeth to grow into the mouth, as well as not only are they important for speech, chewing/eating and your smile. Some baby teeth are in the mouth until the adolescent years, so it is imperative to preserve these teeth for proper growth of the mature mouth.
True or False: Cavities can be contagious.
True. As a parent, you pass a lot onto your children. Your looks, love for food, even your bacteria from your mouth! It usually happens through natural, maternal behaviors like sharing drinks or utensils, cooling food by blowing on it, or even kissing your child. Babies are born without any harmful bacteria in their mouths; however, your child will become more prone to cavities once the bacteria from you colonizes. Basically, you need to take care of your own mouth and pass along good oral health habits to your children, not cavities!
True or False: As long as I have no toothaches or mouth pain, my mouth is healthy.
False. When you age, your mouth goes through changes and the nerves in your teeth become less susceptible to pain and discomfort. This means you may not notice soreness or tenderness from tooth decay or gum disease; therefore, you should not wait to feel pain to see the dentist! It is important to have your regular oral exams because the sooner you discover dental problems, the easier and cheaper you can be treated.
True or False: Bad breath that doesn’t go away could be a sign of gum disease.
True. Bad breath is usually a warning sign of gum infection and disease, which is more customary in adults. Other signs of gum disease are gums that are often tender, sore, swollen, or easily bleed.
To make sure that you maintain your oral health and prevent any potential issues that might arise, make sure you make your exam and cleaning appointments at Alabama Family Dentistry. We have 4 convenient locations for central Alabama patients including Warrior Family Dentistry, Gardendale Family Dentistry, Acton Road Family Dentistry, and Sumiton Family Dentistry. We are here to make sure the whole family has a healthy mouth!