Think you know why you should brush, floss and visit the dentist on a regular basis? Think again. This quiz might not protect you from the cavity creeps, but at least you'll know why you're in pain when they invade.
Which word is another name for tooth decay?
Which is not a tell-tale sign that you have a cavity?
Which of the following contains “fermentable carbohydrates?”
Which of the following is the correct term for a sticky film that coats your teeth?
Which of the following is one of the many components of plaque?
red blood cells
Which is the correct term for a tooth’s hard outer shell?
Which statement best describes dentin?
yellowish, bone-like tissue that covers part of the root
soft tissue that surrounds the base of the tooth
hard part of the tooth just under the enamel
tough shiny, white outer surface of the tooth
What is the inner tooth known as?
Which symptom of tooth decay might you experience when bacteria starts infecting the bone?
Which of the following statements best describe why an abscess forms within a tooth?
An abscess forms when primary teeth are replaced by permanent teeth.
An abscess forms when the crown cracks.
An abscess forms when the pulp begins to break down.
An abscess forms when the body sends out white blood cells to fight the infection.
Which part of the mouth does tooth decay occur most frequently?
molars and premolars
What destroys tooth enamel?
acid created by bacteria
Why do most child experts recommend not giving babies bedtime bottles filled with milk, formula or juice?
These beverages do not provide enough nutrition for a baby, thereby weakening the child's teeth.
These beverages destroy the good bacteria in the child's mouth.
These beverages, when given at night, inhibits the growth of bacteria.
These beverages can remain on the child’s teeth for hours while the baby sleeps, providing food for bacteria.
Which of these groups is most at risk for cavities?
What happens to a person’s gums as the person ages?
the gums become healthier
the gums lose their elasticity
the gums recede
the gums become less sensitive to cold drinks
Which of the following statements best describes the impact saliva has on tooth decay?
Saliva washes away food and plaque from teeth.
Saliva keeps food particles in place.
Saliva creates a good environment for bacteria to grow.
Saliva contains an enzyme that kills bacteria.
Which of the following medical conditions can lead to cavities and tooth decay?
eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia
Which of the following best describes the job of a filling?
stops bacteria from spreading
keeps the root from bleeding
replaces the decayed area of a tooth
replaces the pulp
What procedure might you have to endure when decay reaches the pulp?