As a frequent reader of our dental blogs, you have learned much over the years about how to brush your teeth, when to floss, the right toothpaste for you and more. Dr. Arun Garg, our Aventura dentist would like to put you to the test with this oral hygiene quiz. Check your answers by clicking “Read More.”
Oral Hygiene Quiz
Q1. Which of the following is the best toothbrush for your?
A. Soft-bristled toothbrush
B. Hard-bristled toothbrush
C. Medium-bristled toothbrush
D. Boar’s hair toothbrush
Q2. True or false: Brushing your teeth immediately after eating can actually harm your teeth.
Q3. What causes bad breath in the morning?
A. Lack of saliva
B. A buildup of odor-causing bacteria
C. A buildup of dead cells
D. All of the above
Oral Hygiene Quiz Answers
A1. A: The American Dental Association recommends soft-bristled toothbrushes because they do not damage your tooth enamel or gum tissue. Harsher bristles can harm your teeth by wearing away their defenses and causing gum recession. While they were the pre-cursor to the modern toothbrush, boar’s hair toothbrushes are not sanitary because the hair often falls out and does not dry effectively.
A2. True: While brushing your teeth after eating can remove food particles that can attract bacteria and tooth decay, it can also damage your tooth enamel. Since sugary foods attract acid formation, your tooth enamel will become temporarily soft while eating foods like fermentable carbohydrates or other sources of sugar. Instead of brushing your teeth immediately, drink plenty of water and wait about an hour before brushing.
A3. D: All of the above are reasons for stale breath when you wake. Overnight, your mouth produces much less saliva than during the day. Dry mouth results in a buildup of bacteria and dead cells that contribute to foul mouth odors. Since your saliva washes away these bacteria and acid formation, your mouth is extra vulnerable to tooth decay during sleep. This is why it is important to brush your teeth before and after bed.
Stay tuned to our next blog for more oral hygiene questions and answers from your Aventura dentist, Dr. Arun Garg. For more information about dental care contact our The Center for Complete Dentistry at 305-935-4991. You can make appointments conveniently online as well.