Brush, Floss, Remineralize: Can Adults Strengthen Their Teeth?
Improving dental health isn't just kid stuff. Are you doing all you can to optimize the strength of your teeth? Take this quiz and see!
What's the name of the most common bacteria that causes tooth decay?
- staphylococcus aureus
- streptococcus mutans
- yersinia pestis
The layer of the tooth just below the enamel is called:
The process by which tooth enamel decays over time is called:
The first water fluoridation program began in 1945 in which city?
- Boulder, Colorado
- New York, New York
- Grand Rapids, Michigan
Water fluoridation can reduce dental decay in adult teeth by how much?
- Nearly 10 percent
- Nearly 35 percent
- Nearly 100 percent
For most cities, every $1 invested in water fluoridation saves how much in dental costs?
You can use this to show spots of plaque on your teeth:
- a yellow highlighter
- green food coloring
- a red herring
Cooking food in this can increase its fluoride content:
- an aluminum pan
- a copper pan
- a Teflon-coated pan
What has more than twice the fluoride of black tea?
- red wine
- green tea
- black coffee
Theobromine, a substance that can help strengthen tooth enamel, is found in what?
Which of the following is effective at killing decay-causing streptococcus mutans bacteria?
- red meat
- seltzer water
Which of the following foods can help keep plaque from attaching to teeth?
Calcium, important for strong teeth, can be found in all of the following except what?
- blackstrap molasses
Which vitamin can help your body absorb calcium?
- vitamin B
- vitamin C
- vitamin D
This substance in chewing gum makes it an extra-effective cavity fighter:
Eating cheese after a meal has been shown to reduce enamel damage by how much?
- 2 percent
- 48 percent
- 71 percent
Which of the following can harm teeth?
- carbonated water
- soy milk
Approximately what percentage of adults age 20 to 64 have no teeth?
- 5 percent
- 10 percent
- 25 percent
What percentage of adults 20 to 64 have had cavities?
- 29 percent
- 55 percent
- 92 percent
What percentage of seniors 65 and over have untreated tooth decay?
- 8 percent
- 23 percent
- 58 percent