Oral Care for Aging Quiz

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About This Quiz

We're sure you brush and floss every day, right? As they say, "Ignore your teeth and they'll go away." It's important to practice good oral hygiene at any age. However, as you age, oral hygiene becomes more important than ever. Let's test your knowledge on oral care for the aging.

Which of these helps to prevent tooth decay by fighting off the acid from plaque?

Flossing and brushing are great, but it's fluoride, in toothpaste or water, that helps prevent tooth decay by making teeth more resistant to plaque.

True or false: Poor oral hygiene can lead to conditions like heart disease.

True. Oral hygiene can affect the entire body. Severe periodontal disease can lead to cardiovascular disease and increase complications from diabetes.

Sjögren's syndrome and radiation treatment for cancer can lead to the oral condition known as what?

Dry mouth is caused by diseases like Sjögren's syndrome, certain drugs and medicines, and radiation treatment for cancer in the neck and head.

Gum disease affects how many out of every four adults?

Failing to brush or floss properly leads to gum disease in three out of every four adults.

Of adults 60 years and older, how many no longer have any natural teeth?

About 25 percent of adults above age 60 no longer have natural teeth. This can affect nutrition, as people with missing teeth tend to eat only soft foods.

When you have less of this in your mouth, it increases the risk of oral disease. What is it?

Not having enough saliva in the mouth (or having dry mouth) increases the risk of oral disease because saliva helps wash away decay-causing bacteria.

True or false: Oral cancer is more likely to occur in people over the age of 30.

False. People over the age of 40 are more likely to develop oral cancer. This can be any cancer of the mouth or throat.

"Around the tooth" is the meaning of what word?

The etymology of the word periodontal is "around the tooth."

Red and swollen gums can be a symptom of what?

One of the signs of gingivitis is red and swollen gums.

How many people aged 65 and older suffer from dry mouth?

About one out of every three adults over age 65 suffers from dry mouth.

Dental care for the elderly is increasing because of what?

It's increasing simply because people are living longer and longer, and it's important that the elderly receive proper dental care.

Many older people are unable to practice good oral care because of what?

Arthritis can make it difficult for people to hold a toothbrush properly and floss correctly.

True or false: Our gums change shape over time.

True. As we age, the shape of our gums changes. If you wear dentures, this is why it's important to have them adjusted by a dentist regularly.

What is xerostomia the formal name for?

Medical professionals refer to "dry mouth" as xerostomia. This condition reduces saliva in the mouth, making teeth more prone to decay.

True or false: People with false teeth don't have to worry as much about brushing and flossing.

False. Good oral hygiene is important even if you have dentures. Food can become lodged in between teeth and irritate the gums or breed bacteria.

One recommended remedy for dry mouth is what?

Sucking on hard candy helps the mouth form more saliva, which can alleviate the symptoms of dry mouth.

Severe gum disease is also called what?

Periodontitis is the more formal name for gum disease. Left untreated, periodontitis may cost you your teeth.

Bacteria that grows in a film on your teeth is called what?

Plaque is bacteria that grows in a film on your teeth. We all get plaque and should remove it by brushing and flossing daily, and visiting the dentist for cleanings.

True or false: Pre-menopausal women are more prone to periodontal disease.

False. Post-menopausal women experience estrogen loss, which leads to decreased bone density, making them more susceptible to periodontal disease.

What percentage of adults aged 65 to 74 suffer from severe gum disease?

Periodontitis affects the elderly more than the rest of the population -- about 20 percent of adults aged 65 to 74 have severe gum disease.

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