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Test Your Dental Knowledge; What is Your Dental IQ? Orange Park Dentist

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Orange Park Dentist, Matthew Nawrocki DMD, MS is dedicated to educating the public about oral health.
Don’t eat copious amounts of candy, brush your teeth, visit the dentist.  We are all lucky to have been raised in a society where the basic pieces of advice have steered us toward dental health.  You probably would not be surprised to know that aside from the basics, many people don’t really know much else about oral health.  We have created a dental IQ quiz below.  Check your answers at the end and see if you can beat the average!  
1.  Including the “wisdom teeth”, how many teeth are in the normal adult mouth?
   a. 30
   b. 24
   c. 32
   d. 36
2.  “Baby teeth” are termed primary teeth.  How many primary teeth are in the normal child’s mouth?
   a. 32
   b. 20
   c. 10
   d. 18
3.  If you visit the dentist, he/she may tell you that you have dental caries.  What are dental caries?
   a. tooth decay
   b. anatomical abnormalities
   c. the need for braces
   d. great teeth
4.  The portion size of carbohydrates eaten is more contributory to tooth decay than is the frequency.
   a. True
   b. False 
5.  The term “halitosis” refers to?
   a.  tooth decay
   b.  stained teeth
   c.  gum disease
   d.  bad breath
6.  Gum disease is otherwise known as?
   a. gingivitis
   b. periodontitis
   c. mictrodontia
   d. calculus
7.  How long is it recommended that you brush your teeth per session?
   a. 3 minutes
   b. 2 minutes
   c. there is no set time
   d. 1 minute
8.  How often is it recommended that you get a new toothbrush?
   a.  there is no set time
   b.  once every year
   c.  after any illness
   d.  every 2 to 3 months
9.  What is the portion of the tooth you can visualize above the gums?
   a. crown
   b. root
   c. pulp
   d. face
10.  When should a child first see the dentist?
   a. 12 months
   b. 2 years
   c. when the permanent teeth begin to come in
   d. right after birth
1. c – 32
2. b – 20
3. a.  Dental caries refers to the disease process that causes cavities.  The cavity is the physical loss of tooth structure created by caries.  
4. False.  This is why your dentist will always advise against frequent snacking.  
5. d – bad breath.  Halitosis is chronic bad breath and can be caused by many different factors.  Your dentist can help determine the cause and the best treatment options.  
6. a – gingivitis.  Periodontitis is a gum disease that has progressed to the point where the attachment apparatus for the teeth has begun to break down.  This is irreversible.  Microdontia is the term for small teeth.   Calculus is seen when plaque becomes mineralized in the mouth.  This generally has to be removed by the dental hygienist.  
7.  b – 2 minutes.  This is recommended by the American Dental Association.  
8.  d – every 2 to 3 months.  Studies have shown that changing the brush more frequently than that does not yield any measurable benefits.
9. a – crown
10. a – 12 months.   The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends “first visit by first birthday”.  This allows the dentist to prevent possible future problems and begin a relationship with the child.  

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