The Foods and Drinks that Contribute to a Toothless Grin

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The Foods and Drinks that Contribute to a Toothless Grin
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Not every food or drink is bad for your pearly whites. So do you think you know what foods are good and what aren't for your molars? Test your knowledge to see if you know what's best with our quiz.
Which beverage contains as much sugar as a candy bar?
cranberry juice
Vitamin water
Vitamin water has about 26 grams of sugar --- equal to or above the amound of sugar found in candy bars.
sweet tea

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Why is Vitamin A necessary for the teeth?
It forms tooth enamel.
Vitamin A is essential to forming tooth enamel
It stops bacteria from developing.
It serves as a barrier against gum disease

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The sugar in which of these fruits is notorious for sticking to your teeth?
raisins
Raisins are dried grapes, and the drying process allows the sugar to build up and the texture to become gummy.
kiwis
pears

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What teeth are named this because they emerge later in life?
bicuspids
molars
wisdom teeth
Wisdom teeth tend to appear in your late teens or early 20s.

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What can you do after drinking a soft drink to remove residue from your teeth?
rinse with mouthwash
rinse with water
Water removes the soda residue from teeth and lessens the exposure to acids.
rinse with hydrogen peroxide

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A 12 oz (355 ml) can of Coca-Cola has about how many grams of sugar?
28
42
39
There are 39 grams of sugar in a Coca-Cola. The USDA recommends you consume no more than 48 grams of sugar per day.

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Munching on which of these foods after eating sticky candy helps clean the teeth of sugary residue?
banana chips
crisp fruits and vegetables
Consuming crisp fruits and vegetables after eating sticky candy helps clean sugar off of the teeth.
baked potato chips

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Cavities are the most common chronic disease among which of these individuals?
adults
elderly
children
Children are more prone to cavities than adults and the elderly.

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Which of these foods clings to your teeth the most and is most likely to cause tooth decay?
ice cream
Your favorite bowl of ice cream is most apt to cause tooth decay.
bread
pasta

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Which of these foods could potentially crack your tooth?
candy bar
non-pitted olives
Hard objects hidden in soft foods, like non-pitted olives, can be dangerous for your teeth. If you're not aware of it, you might bite down too hard.
cranberries

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One out of every number of these beverages consumed in the United States is a soft drink?
3
5
4
One out of every four beverages consumed in the U.S. is a soft drink. That's a lot!

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Which dairy product without added sugar helps stimulate salvia?
yogurt
sour cream
cheese
Cheese without added sugar is good for stimulating salvia, which is beneficial for teeth.

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Which vitamin is essential for collagen?
Vitamin C
Vitamin C is essential for collagen which protects the gums from periodontal disease.
Vitamin D
Vitamin E

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Which drinks contain polyphenols, which are great for killing or surpressing bacteria harmful to teeth?
green and black teas
Polyphenols are found in green and black teas.
apple juice
hot chocolate

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Which beverage is bad for tooth enamel?
milk
water
red wine
Wine is acidic, so drinking a glass of red isn't the best option for your teeth.

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True or False: Sucking on citrus fruits is NOT bad for the teeth
True
False
Sucking on citrus fruits is bad because the acids present can weaken tooth enamel.

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True or False: Water can be used as a mouthwash
True
Rinsing your mouth with water is an great alternative to mouthwash
False

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Why are fiber rich fruit and vegetables good for teeth?
They have less starch.
They increase saliva flow.
Fiber-rich foods help clean your teeth of food particles; plus they stimulate saliva production.
All those vitamins are good for your tooth enamel.

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What length of time should you wait to eat between meals and snacks?
45 minutes
2 to 3 hours
It's best to wait 2 to 3 hours between meals to give saliva a chance to repair tooth enamel
4 to 6 hours

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True or False: Drinking frequent cups of sugar-filled tea or coffee increases the risks of tooth decay
True
Coffee interferes with saliva production, causing dry mouth, and the sugar clings to your teeth.
False

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