Plaque Attack: Putting Your Dental Knowledge to the Test
by Staff
What is plaque, why is it bad for your teeth, and what can you do to make sure you get rid of it?

What is dental plaque?

  • a reward for a good check-up
  • a sticky substance that clings to teeth
  • a filling for cavities

Why is plaque bad?

  • It causes bad breath.
  • It produces acids that harm tooth enamel.
  • It really isn't all that bad.

What is the process of acids weakening tooth enamel called?

  • demineralization
  • calcification
  • osteoporosis

What causes plaque?

  • food particles
  • bacteria
  • incomplete brushing
  • All of the above

What color is plaque?

  • white
  • dark gray
  • pink
  • colorless

When does plaque form?

  • after eating
  • after brushing and flossing
  • while you're sleeping
  • all the time

Where does plaque form?

  • on the surfaces of teeth, and all point in between
  • in the grooves of individual teeth
  • under your gums
  • All of the above

Within 24 hours, plaque starts turning into:

  • cavities
  • tartar
  • tooth stains

Once plaque turns to tartar, what is your best option?

  • brush more often
  • brush harder
  • see a dentist

What will plaque-disclosing tablets do?

  • eat away at plaque left on your teeth
  • reveal the plaque you missed while brushing
  • indicate the presence of cavities

What do the tablets use to show the remaining plaque?

  • vegetable dye
  • fluorescent ink
  • child-safe paints

What should you do when you see the bright dye on your teeth?

  • brush and floss again
  • make a dentist appointment
  • Call 9-1-1

What is your best option to prevent plaque?

  • don't eat
  • brush and floss regularly
  • visit your dentist weekly

What can failing to remove plaque lead to?

  • tooth decay
  • gum diseases (gingivitis)
  • bone disease
  • All of the above.

How effective are plaque-disclosing tablets?

  • Not at all; save your money.
  • Moderately; worth a try.
  • Very; a worthwhile investment.

The tablets are a great substitute for:

  • brushing
  • flossing
  • regular dental visits
  • None of the above.

What is the best time to use the tablets?

  • before brushing and flossing
  • during brushing and flossing
  • after brushing and flossing
  • after visiting the dentist's office

What should you do if you're allergic to some dyes?

  • check the ingredients
  • read the instructions
  • consult your dentist/primary care physician
  • All of the above.

Are there any alternatives to plaque-disclosing tablets?

  • plaque-disclosing swabs, solutions and floss
  • weekly cleanings at the dentist's office
  • there are none

What is the best way to ensure good dental health?

  • brush and floss regularly
  • use plaque-disclosing tablets
  • make routine dental appointments
  • All of the above.