Wednesday, October 23, 2019

How Well Do You Know Oral Health?

Your mouth is the way you communicate to the world. You laugh with it, talk with it, kiss with it, and smile with it. So how can it be that we know so little about our own oral health? There are a lot of myths and misinformation out there about dental health, but with a simple trip to the dentist, you can get the facts about tooth decay or receding gums in Lafayette, LA. How does your knowledge stack up? Take the quiz to find out.

Test Your Smile IQ with this True or False Quiz

Question 1: If I use mouthwash, I don’t need to floss.

Answer:           False. Flossing removes the plaque and bacteria from between your teeth. While rinsing with an antiseptic mouthwash is recommended, it is not a substitute for flossing once a day.

Question 2:      Over the counter tooth whiteners are available everywhere, so they must be fine for my teeth.

Answer:           False. While a drugstore whitener may be safe to use, it is not the most effective method. These types of whiteners can cause tooth sensitivity, over whiten teeth, or leave spots on the teeth.

Question 3:      I should replace my toothbrush every three months.

Answer:           True. You should replace it sooner if it shows signs of wear or you have been sick.

Question 4:      If my home care routine is good, I only need to see the dentist once per year.

Answer:           False. Two cleanings per year and one dental exam with x-rays is critical for long-term oral health. For anyone who has the beginnings of a cavity or gum disease, waiting a month can mean additional and costly dental work. Protecting your smile is easier than fixing it!

Question 5:      If I have bleeding gums, it means that I have gingivitis.

True. Gum disease begins with bleeding gums and will not go away on its own. Additional symptoms of gum disease include swollen or tender gums, gum recession, wide periodontal pockets, tooth sensitivity, bad breath, and loose teeth.

How did you do? If there were a few things that surprised you, you might want to schedule a visit with Dr. James M. Finley for a consultation. Dr. Finley makes patient education a priority and can help you improve the health of your mouth and correct receding gums in Lafayette, LA.

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