Be Good to Your Mouth

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Take this quiz to learn more about how pasta can be a part of a nutritious diet that encourages good oral health.

What vitamin helps build tooth enamel?

Vitamin A is found in butter, carrots, broccoli, melons and peas.


Lycopene may help the body fight oral cancer, but where can you find it?

Lycopene gives tomatoes their color; tomatoes are a key ingredient in red sauces.


Some cheeses -- including this one named after a Dutch city -- may help prevent tooth decay:

Hard and aged cheeses like Gouda may reduce the risk of decay.


Which hearty pasta is usually made with potatoes?

Gnocchi is a traditional Italian pasta with a slew of regional varieties.


Eating these can help keep your teeth clean.

Add raw fruits and vegetables to pasta for a delicious chilled salad.


Name the habit that isn't required for good oral health.

Daily brushing, flossing and a balanced diet are essential to good oral health.


Good nutrition helps prevent which gum disease?

A balanced diet works from the inside out to help prevent gingivitis.


If your gums are sore and inflamed, it's best to avoid these tastes:

If you have sore gums, avoid spicy diablo sauces or anything with lemon or citrus.


Which comfort food helps you stay hydrated after oral surgery?

The liquid broth and sodium (within limits) found in chicken noodle soup are good for you.


A diet high in fruits and vegetables can help prevent lesions that may be a precursor to this disease:

Fruits and veggies contain antioxidants that may help prevent oral cancer.


Which type of pasta doesn't have cheese inside?

Farfalle is also known as bowtie pasta.


Brush and floss after every meal to prevent this substance from forming on your teeth:

Plaque build-up can lead to dental decay and gum disease.


The recipe for this dish usually calls for pasta plus vegetables.

Primavera means "spring," the season when many fresh vegetables are available.


What does "al dente" mean?

Pasta cooked "al dente" should be tender but firm to the bite.


Eat this food to neutralize the effects of acids in your mouth:

Aged or hard cheeses help neutralize acids.


Hippocrates recommended garlic as a cure for this ailment:

In ancient times, garlic was believed to be a cure for many health problems, including toothaches.


Nutritious and filling, this pasta dish is a favorite among teething toddlers and snaggle-toothed kids:

Mac-and-cheese is easy to make, plus the cheese offers several oral health benefits.


Which vegetable makes a great low-calorie substitute for pasta?

Spaghetti squash is delicious topped with butter, marinara or pesto.


Your body produces more of this substance when you're eating a meal.

Saliva aids digestion and helps break down food that gets caught in the teeth.


What's the best way to remove starch and sugars from your teeth?

Brushing your teeth after every meal helps prevent cavities.


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