The Ultimate Cavity Creeps Quiz

By: John Perritano

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

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Which is not a tell-tale sign that you have a cavity?
tooth sensitivity
sore tongue
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.
visible holes
pus

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Which of the following contains “fermentable carbohydrates?”
green beans
candy
Did you ever wonder why your mother never fed you candy for dinner? Candy contains fermentable carbohydrates, which is a fancy name for sugar.
bread
cardboard

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Which of the following is the correct term for a sticky film that coats your teeth?
saliva
plaque
Run your tongue over your teeth after eating. Feel it. Welcome to Plaqueville. Population -- you.
gingivitis
enamel

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Which of the following is one of the many components of plaque?
red blood cells
bacteria
Plaque is made up of a number of nasty things including bacteria, food particles and acid.
pus
hemoglobin

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Which is the correct term for a tooth’s hard outer shell?
pulp
root
enamel
Once the enamel goes, the rest of your tooth -- the pulp and the root -- isn't far behind.
crown

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Which statement best describes dentin?
yellowish, bone-like tissue that covers part of the root
soft tissue that surrounds the base of the tooth
hard part of the tooth just under the enamel
Dentin, the part of the tooth just under the enamel, is harder than bone, but porous.
tough shiny, white outer surface of the tooth

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What is the inner tooth known as?
enamel
pulp
Pulp contains blood vessels and nerves that nourish the dentin.
root
crown

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Which symptom of tooth decay might you experience when bacteria starts infecting the bone?
bleeding gums
sensitivity
receding gums
severe toothache
The symptoms of tooth decay vary, but once bacteria starts infecting the bone, expect an excruciating toothache.

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Which of the following statements best describe why an abscess forms within a tooth?
An abscess forms when primary teeth are replaced by permanent teeth.
An abscess forms when the crown cracks.
An abscess forms when the pulp begins to break down.
An abscess forms when the body sends out white blood cells to fight the infection.
When bacteria start damaging the bone of the tooth, the body sends out white blood cells, which fight the infection and generate pus.

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Which part of the mouth does tooth decay occur most frequently?
molars and premolars
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.
incisors
canines
periodontal ligament

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What destroys tooth enamel?
dentin
sugar
saliva
acid created by bacteria
When bacteria consume sugar, acid is created. This acid destroys tooth enamel.

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Why do most child experts recommend not giving babies bedtime bottles filled with milk, formula or juice?
These beverages do not provide enough nutrition for a baby, thereby weakening the child's teeth.
These beverages destroy the good bacteria in the child's mouth.
These beverages, when given at night, inhibits the growth of bacteria.
These beverages can remain on the child’s teeth for hours while the baby sleeps, providing food for bacteria.
Bacteria can eat for hours in a child's mouth if they drink sugary beverages before bedtime.

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Which of these groups is most at risk for cavities?
teens
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teens and preteens are most at risk for tooth decay.
adults
males
females

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What happens to a person’s gums as the person ages?
the gums become healthier
the gums lose their elasticity
the gums recede
Receding gums makes teeth more vulnerable to tooth decay.
the gums become less sensitive to cold drinks

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Which of the following statements best describes the impact saliva has on tooth decay?
Saliva washes away food and plaque from teeth.
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.
Saliva keeps food particles in place.
Saliva creates a good environment for bacteria to grow.
Saliva contains an enzyme that kills bacteria.

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Which of the following medical conditions can lead to cavities and tooth decay?
eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia
Many eating disorders are characterized by vomiting stomach acid, which can destroy teeth.
herpes
obesity
leukoplakia

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Which of the following best describes the job of a filling?
stops bacteria from spreading
keeps the root from bleeding
replaces the decayed area of a tooth
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.
replaces the pulp

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What procedure might you have to endure when decay reaches the pulp?
porcelain veneers
root canal
During a root canal, a dentist will replace the damaged pulp with a filling.
crown replacement
tooth extraction

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Which of the following foods protects your teeth?
cheese
Dairy products, such as cheese, can help prevent tooth decay because products made from milk are a prime source of calcium.
candy
bread
carrots

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