You think you know a lot about teeth and have all or the the dental facts? Take this quick quiz to see how right you are! No cheating!
True or False: Older adults can still get cavities.
True. In many cases, adults are even more likely to get cavities as they age, due to receding gum lines, and old fillings that break down. In addition tot his, some medications cause dry mouth, which can increase the risk for tooth decay.
True or False: Bad breath that doesn’t go away could be a sign of gum disease.
True. Frequent bad breath is a very prominent warning of gum infections, and is often more prevalent in adults. If your gums are sore, tender, swollen, or bleed easily, this could also be a sign that you may have gum disease.
True or False: Losing your teeth is a natural part of the aging process.
False. Many people believe this, because we all know older people with missing teeth or dental implants, but your teeth actually CAN last for your lifetime if they are cared for properly. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss at least once a day, and make sure to visit the dentist on a regular basis.
True or False: As long as I have no toothaches or mouth pain, my mouth is healthy.
False. Our mouths change as we get older, and often the nerves in our teeth become less sensitive to pain. This means that you may not necessarily feel pain if you have tooth decay or gum disease. You shouldn’t wait for pain before seeing a dentist, as this often means you are too late. Regular checkups allow your dentist to identify any problems sooner, which means they are easier to prevent, or often cheaper to fix!
True or False: Electric toothbrushes are a good option for people with arthritis or other conditions that make it difficult to maneuver a toothbrush.
True. You can ask your dentist to recommend the best toothbrush for you. They will recommend a quality, affordable toothbrush to give you the best brushing power for your situation.
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