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Be Good to Your Mouth
by Staff
Take this quiz to learn more about how pasta can be a part of a nutritious diet that encourages good oral health.

What vitamin helps build tooth enamel?

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D

Lycopene may help the body fight oral cancer, but where can you find it?

  • Apples
  • Broccoli
  • Tomatoes

Some cheeses -- including this one named after a Dutch city -- may help prevent tooth decay:

  • Gouda
  • Brie
  • Cottage

Which hearty pasta is usually made with potatoes?

  • Gnocchi
  • Tortellini
  • Ravioli

Eating these can help keep your teeth clean.

  • Raw fruits and vegetables
  • Caramel candy
  • Egg noodles

Name the habit that isn't required for good oral health.

  • Daily brushing and flossing
  • A well-balanced diet
  • Meditation

Good nutrition helps prevent which gum disease?

  • Gingivitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Bursitis

If your gums are sore and inflamed, it's best to avoid these tastes:

  • Spicy or citrusy
  • Sweet or sour
  • Tart or tangy

Which comfort food helps you stay hydrated after oral surgery?

  • Chocolate chip cookies
  • Chicken noodle soup
  • Mac-and-cheese

A diet high in fruits and vegetables can help prevent lesions that may be a precursor to this disease:

  • Oral cancer
  • Lichen planus
  • Dental caries

Which type of pasta doesn't have cheese inside?

  • Tortellini
  • Ravioli
  • Farfalle

Brush and floss after every meal to prevent this substance from forming on your teeth:

  • Calcium deposits
  • Plaque
  • Flouride

The recipe for this dish usually calls for pasta plus vegetables.

  • Pasta fagioli
  • Rigatoni
  • Pasta primavera

What does "al dente" mean?

  • To the dentist
  • To the tooth
  • With determination

Eat this food to neutralize the effects of acids in your mouth:

  • Nuts
  • Cheese
  • Ice Cream

Hippocrates recommended garlic as a cure for this ailment:

  • Gum disease
  • Headache
  • Toothache

Nutritious and filling, this pasta dish is a favorite among teething toddlers and snaggle-toothed kids:

  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Grilled cheese
  • Spaghetti and meatballs

Which vegetable makes a great low-calorie substitute for pasta?

  • Spaghetti squash
  • Cabbage
  • Celery

Your body produces more of this substance when you're eating a meal.

  • Adrenaline
  • Saliva
  • Sweat

What's the best way to remove starch and sugars from your teeth?

  • See a dentist
  • Brush your teeth
  • Gargle and swish