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Fact or Fiction: Gingivitis Quiz
by Staff
Chances are good that you or someone you know has, has had or will have gingivitis. See how much you really know about this widespread condition.

Smoking is a significant risk factor for gingivitis.

  • Fact
  • Fiction
  • Almost fact: Smoking is bad for your health, but it doesn’t play a role in developing gingivitis.

Gingivitis can trigger premature birth.

  • Fact
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  • Almost fact: The mouth pain that gingivitis causes makes pregnant women eat less, so they deliver low-birth-weight babies.

The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth with baking soda to cure gingivitis.

  • Fact
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  • Almost fact: They recommend brushing with a paste of baking soda, water and hydrogen peroxide.

You can prevent gingivitis by drinking soda through a straw.

  • Fact
  • Fiction
  • Almost fact: Drinking through a straw can help prevent cavities.

Almost everyone has gingivitis. It’s no big deal.

  • Fact
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  • Almost fact: Gingivitis is widespread, but if left untreated, it can lead to serious health problems.

People with diabetes should take special care to avoid developing gingivitis because it lowers their immunity.

  • Fact
  • Fiction
  • Almost fact: Gingivitis lowers everyone’s immunity.

Gargling with antiseptic mouthwash is as good as flossing.

  • Fact
  • Fiction
  • Almost fact: Rinsing with antiseptic mouthwash is a good alternative if you can’t floss.

If your gums are tender and bleed when you brush your teeth, you should back off on brushing and flossing until the condition gets better.

  • Fact
  • Fiction
  • Almost fact: You should keep brushing, but avoid flossing until the bleeding stops.

Your tongue is a prime breeding ground for the bacteria that cause gingivitis.

  • Fact
  • Fiction
  • Almost fact: Your tongue holds bacteria, but they don't grow there.

If I take good care of my teeth, I won't need to go to the dentist.

  • Fact
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  • Almost fact: You'll still need to go to the dentist, but only once every three years.