Oral Care for Aging Quiz
by Staff
We're sure you brush and floss every day, right? As they say, "Ignore your teeth and they'll go away." It's important to practice good oral hygiene at any age. However, as you age, oral hygiene becomes more important than ever. Let's test your knowledge on oral care for the aging.

Which of these helps to prevent tooth decay by fighting off the acid from plaque?

  • flossing
  • fluoride
  • brushing

True or false: Poor oral hygiene can lead to conditions like heart disease.

  • TRUE

Sjögren's syndrome and radiation treatment for cancer can lead to the oral condition known as what?

  • dry mouth
  • thrush
  • plaque

Gum disease affects how many out of every four adults?

  • one
  • two
  • three

Of adults 60 years and older, how many no longer have any natural teeth?

  • 10 percent
  • 15 percent
  • 25 percent

When you have less of this in your mouth, it increases the risk of oral disease. What is it?

  • wisdom teeth
  • saliva
  • bacteria

True or false: Oral cancer is more likely to occur in people over the age of 30.

  • TRUE

"Around the tooth" is the meaning of what word?

  • periodontal
  • gingivitis
  • Sjögren's syndrome

Red and swollen gums can be a symptom of what?

  • Sjögren's syndrome
  • dry mouth
  • gingivitis

How many people aged 65 and older suffer from dry mouth?

  • one out of every two people
  • one out of every three people
  • one out of every four people

Dental care for the elderly is increasing because of what?

  • increased life expectancy
  • false teeth
  • cavities

Many older people are unable to practice good oral care because of what?

  • braces
  • arthritis
  • root canals

True or false: Our gums change shape over time.

  • TRUE

What is xerostomia the formal name for?

  • sore gums
  • gingivitis
  • dry mouth

True or false: People with false teeth don't have to worry as much about brushing and flossing.

  • TRUE

One recommended remedy for dry mouth is what?

  • candy
  • nicotine
  • alcohol

Severe gum disease is also called what?

  • gingivitis
  • periodontitis
  • xerostomia

Bacteria that grows in a film on your teeth is called what?

  • tartar
  • cavities
  • plaque

True or false: Pre-menopausal women are more prone to periodontal disease.

  • TRUE

What percentage of adults aged 65 to 74 suffer from severe gum disease?

  • about 20 percent
  • about 30 percent
  • about 40 percent