The Ultimate Cavity Creeps Quiz

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About This Quiz

Think you know why you should brush, floss and visit the dentist on a regular basis? Think again. This quiz might not protect you from the cavity creeps, but at least you'll know why you're in pain when they invade.

Which word is another name for tooth decay?

Caries, another word for tooth decay, is caused by many factors including frequent snacking and drinking sugary beverages.

Which is not a tell-tale sign that you have a cavity?

The signs of tooth decay depend on a variety of factors, including the extent of the decay and its location. A sore tongue is not one of them.

Which of the following contains “fermentable carbohydrates?”

Did you ever wonder why your mother never fed you candy for dinner? Candy contains fermentable carbohydrates, which is a fancy name for sugar.

Which of the following is the correct term for a sticky film that coats your teeth?

Run your tongue over your teeth after eating. Feel it. Welcome to Plaqueville. Population -- you.

Which of the following is one of the many components of plaque?

Plaque is made up of a number of nasty things including bacteria, food particles and acid.

Which is the correct term for a tooth’s hard outer shell?

Once the enamel goes, the rest of your tooth -- the pulp and the root -- isn't far behind.

Which statement best describes dentin?

Dentin, the part of the tooth just under the enamel, is harder than bone, but porous.

What is the inner tooth known as?

Pulp contains blood vessels and nerves that nourish the dentin.

Which symptom of tooth decay might you experience when bacteria starts infecting the bone?

The symptoms of tooth decay vary, but once bacteria starts infecting the bone, expect an excruciating toothache.

Which of the following statements best describe why an abscess forms within a tooth?

When bacteria start damaging the bone of the tooth, the body sends out white blood cells, which fight the infection and generate pus.

Which part of the mouth does tooth decay occur most frequently?

Molars are most susceptible to tooth decay because they have grooves and pits, in which bacteria can hide. Furthermore, we use our molars to chew our food, making them prime breeding ground for plaque.

What destroys tooth enamel?

When bacteria consume sugar, acid is created. This acid destroys tooth enamel.

Why do most child experts recommend not giving babies bedtime bottles filled with milk, formula or juice?

Bacteria can eat for hours in a child's mouth if they drink sugary beverages before bedtime.

Which of these groups is most at risk for cavities?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teens and preteens are most at risk for tooth decay.

What happens to a person’s gums as the person ages?

Receding gums makes teeth more vulnerable to tooth decay.

Which of the following statements best describes the impact saliva has on tooth decay?

Saliva is a like a tsunami in your mouth; it washes away all the bad stuff, including bits of food and bacteria that can cause tooth decay.

Which of the following medical conditions can lead to cavities and tooth decay?

Many eating disorders are characterized by vomiting stomach acid, which can destroy teeth.

Which of the following best describes the job of a filling?

Also known as restorations, fillings replace the decayed areas of a tooth. Fillings can be made from a variety of substances, including porcelain and various resins.

What procedure might you have to endure when decay reaches the pulp?

During a root canal, a dentist will replace the damaged pulp with a filling.

Which of the following foods protects your teeth?

Dairy products, such as cheese, can help prevent tooth decay because products made from milk are a prime source of calcium.

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