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Gingivitis Quiz: Plaque and Tartar and Bacterial Secretions, Oh Yuck!
by Staff
Brush up (floss up?) on your knowledge of dental care with this quiz about gingivitis and all things periodontal.

At what age are you most likely to have a gum disease?

  • 12 years
  • 32 years
  • Different age groups are prone to different types of gum disease.

How can bad breath be a warning sign of gingivitis?

  • It can indicate a buildup of bacteria.
  • It occurs before you lose a tooth.
  • It's caused by inflammation.

When should you seek medical treatment if you think you have gingivitis?

  • when teeth become sensitive
  • at your next scheduled dental appointment
  • as soon as possible

What type of doctor would you see to remove plaque?

  • an orthodontist
  • a periodontist
  • an endodontist

Which habit is most likely to lead to gum disease?

  • chewing ice
  • drinking coffee
  • smoking

What other health problem has gum disease has been linked to?

  • high cholesterol
  • chronic fatigue
  • heart disease

What do gingivitis and tooth decay have in common?

  • Both involve the erosion of enamel.
  • Dental sealants are effective in treating both.
  • Both affect the back teeth rather than the front teeth.

Which remedy is most effective in easing the pain of gingivitis?

  • swishing with warm salt water
  • placing a crushed aspirin on the gums
  • rinsing with a hydrogen peroxide solution

How can brushing with baking soda help prevent gingivitis?

  • It kills bacteria.
  • It neutralizes acids.
  • It adds calcium to teeth.

How can eating croutons help prevent gingivitis?

  • The salt they contain controls bacteria growth.
  • Their complex carbs are harder for bacteria to digest.
  • Their crunchy texture helps remove plaque.

How can brushing your tongue help prevent gingivitis?

  • It dissolves minerals that contrbute to plaque.
  • It removes bacteria.
  • It creates a rough surface that plaque can't stick to.

How does fluoride help protect against gingivitis?

  • It strengthens enamel.
  • It fills gaps between teeth.
  • It dissolves plaque.

What type of toothbrush bristles are best for preventing gingivitis?

  • soft
  • medium
  • hard

Where is the best place to keep your toothbrush between use?

  • in the bathroom medicine chest
  • in a toothbrush holder
  • in a sealed plastic container

What percentage of U.S. adults have gingivitis?

  • 25 percent
  • 50 percent
  • 75 percent

What's the best sign that you're brushing your teeth long enough?

  • Your gums tingle.
  • Your teeth feel smooth.
  • You're one of your dental hygienist's favorite patients.

What's the best way to clean between teeth?

  • flossing
  • using an electric toothbrush
  • rinsing with a tartar-control mouthwash

What is the three-three rule?

  • Alternate between brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash every three hours.
  • Brush your teeth for three minutes, three times a day.
  • Use a homemade paste of salt, baking soda and hydrogen perixode every three days.

Which daily dental care routine is better?

  • brush, then floss
  • floss, then brush
  • Neither. It's a matter of preference.

Which procedure might be used to treat periodontitis?

  • gingivectomy
  • root canal
  • dental bonding