How much do you know about caring for your teeth? Take this quiz and find out!

1. Dentists recommend that you brush your teeth

a) once a day
b) twice a day
c) each time you eat
d) when you don't have mouthwash
e) none of the above

2. Bacteria is the most common cause of gum disease. What is the next most common cause of gum disease?

a) smoking cigarettes
b) self-inflicted brushing trauma
c) gum chewing
d) junk food
e) none of the above

3. How many permanent teeth do adults have?

a) 22
b) 28
c) 32
d) 36
e) 38

4. This sugar can cause tooth decay:

a) sucrose
b) dextrose
c) fructose
d) lactose
e) all of the above

5. This can make teeth, particularly the enamel, more resistant to the acid that can cause cavities:

a) tartar
b) flouride
c) crowns
d) dentin
e) all of the above

6. A toothache may result from:

a) a cavity
b) an abscess
c) an inflammation of the gum around the root of a tooth
d) sinus inflammation
e) all of the above

7. Bad breath can be caused by:

a) eating foods like onions and garlic
b) improper brushing and flossing
c) liver failure
d) kidney failure
e) all of the above

Answers: 1b, 2b, 3c, 4e, 5b, 6e, 7e

Written and reviewed by the MediResource Clinical Team