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How much do you really know about your teeth and gums? Even if you visit your dentist once every six months, we’re guessing you still have questions about your oral health that go beyond how often you should brush or floss your teeth. That’s why I have a quick, 5-question dental quiz for you to take. This dental quiz covers different areas in general dentistry. Don’t worry, there is nothing on the line here. We want you to use this quiz to develop better oral hygiene.
Here it is:
1. What’s the leading cause of tooth loss in adults?
B. Gum disease
C. Tooth decay
D. None of the above
2. Dental implants have what percentage of the biting power of natural teeth?
3. Your dentist can resolve your headaches or jaw pains.
4. How much of your tooth is located beneath the gum line?
5. An abscessed tooth will likely need to be extracted.
Here are your answers:
1. B. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults. Does that surprise you? The reason is that gum disease can deteriorate the gums and the bone that surrounds the tooth. This process causes the tooth to fail. Gum disease typically presents itself in the form of bleeding or swollen gums, but it’s possible to have no physical signs of gum disease. We ask that patients with gum disease visit the office once every three to four months, as the bacteria that causes gum disease can multiply and spread quickly. If you have an advanced stage of gum disease, it’s likely you’ll need periodontal care for the rest of your life.
2. D. Dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants can preserve the jawbone from receding, but they also secure tooth restorations. Because a dental implant merges with the jawbone, you’re able to eat the food you love again and have stabilty. A dental implant has about 90 percent of the biting force of natural teeth. By comparison, a removable denture only gives you about 35 percent of the power of natural teeth. This is why we encourage patients with dentures to restore their mouths with dental implants.
3. A. It’s common for patients with chronic headaches to have issues with their temporomandibular joint (TMJ) — the joint that connects the jaw and skull — or have sleep issues. A qualified dentist can fix both of these things. When your TMJ is out of synch with your bite, the joint can become inflamed and cause headaches or even neck pains and shoulder pains. If you have sleep issues like sleep apnea, you can sometimes wake up with headaches or experience constant fatigue. Our office can craft comfortable appliances for both your TMJ issues and sleep apnea issues.
4. C. About 35 percent of your tooth is beneath the gum line. Why is this important? Well, if you skip flossing, you’re neglecting a big portion of the tooth. You can develop cavities on the root of the tooth, but more importantly, not flossing could put you at risk of gum disease. See answer 1 to review the dangers of gum disease.
5. B. This would have be true several years ago, but today it’s unlikely that an abscessed tooth will have to be pulled. In most cases, we can repair the tooth with a root canal. A root canal cleans the infection from the tooth and makes the tooth functional for years to come. Root canals are fairly basic procedures, and have about a 98 percent success rate!
I hope you learned a few things from these dental quiz. Our office is here to improve your smile in anyway we can. If you need a good general dentist skilled in all aspects of dentistry, Dr. Moores is a good fit for you. Call us today at 530-413-7002.
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