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Tooth Enamel Restoration Quiz
by Staff
Tooth enamel protects your teeth and plays a vital role in your overall dental health. Find out how much you know about your pearly white's first line of defense by taking this quiz.

Tooth enamel:

  • is the strongest material in the human body
  • can not be broken or worn away
  • both of the above

When does enamel form on your primary, or baby, teeth?

  • during fetal development
  • when you're a newborn
  • when you're a toddler

What is tooth enamel?

  • the protective, exterior covering of a tooth
  • spongy middle interior of a tooth
  • type of beneficial plaque that breaks down germs

What color is enamel?

  • yellow
  • white
  • translucent

What can develop if your enamel wears down?

  • tooth sensitivity
  • discoloration of enamel
  • loss of enamel on gums

Besides brushing and flossing your teeth daily, how can you prevent enamel erosion?

  • You should chew gum.
  • Grind your teeth to wear off plaque naturally.
  • Eat highly acidic food.

Some people are born with weak tooth enamel.

  • True
  • False
  • All enamel problems are inherited.

What are indications that you might have enamel erosion?

  • shifting placement of teeth
  • whitening of the tooth over time
  • tiny divots

What can cause your enamel to break down?

  • low saliva flow
  • eating pork
  • the temperature inside your mouth

What's a common dental procedure for enamel erosion?

  • retainer
  • dental bonding
  • braces

What's a preventative measure you can take to avoid enamel weakening?

  • using toothpaste containing fluoride
  • drinking from a straw
  • both of the above

True or false? Enamel erosion can be reversed.

  • True
  • False
  • Not often, but occasionally.

When your enamel has worn, what could cause pain in your teeth?

  • drinking a slushy
  • sipping hot coffee
  • both of the above

What should you do after you consume acidic foods and beverages?

  • brush your teeth
  • rinse your mouth out with water
  • both of the above

A margarita made with a sugar-free substitute does not weaken enamel.

  • True
  • False
  • It depends on the size of the margarita.

How can you cause enamel erosion?

  • using the wrong kind of toothpaste
  • using an electric toothbrush
  • brushing your teeth with a hard-bristled toothbrush

How often should you get your teeth cleaned by your dentist?

  • when you detect a problem
  • once every three years
  • once or twice a year

When enamel loss occurs, teeth can appear:

  • smooth and shiny or rounded
  • spongy or squishy
  • both of the above

What's an often-overlooked method for preventing enamel deterioration?

  • professional teeth whitening
  • over-the-counter teeth whitening kits
  • regular brushing and flossing

Does enamel thickness vary across the surface of your teeth?

  • yes
  • no
  • only on the molars