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True or false, taking this dental quiz will help you learn more about your oral health and how to protect it. The answer is true, so keep reading to learn more about your teeth.

  1. Sugar causes tooth decay.
    Acid causes decay. However, plaque produces these acids from the sugars we eat in foods.
  2. Dental health can affect your general health.
    Gum disease has been linked with stroke, diabetes, and other harmful conditions.
  3. Hard-bristle toothbrushes are better for teeth.
    A hard-bristle toothbrush can cause the gums to recede and the tooth enamel to erode.
  4. Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in water.
    However, its amounts vary which is why we add more of it to most public water systems.
  5. Chewing tobacco won’t harm your teeth as much as smoking tobacco does.
    Tobacco in any form can increase your risk for tooth decay and oral cancer.
  6. Saliva isn’t very important for dental health.
    Saliva neutralizes acids and brings in substances that rebuild tooth enamel.
  7. Gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, is reversible.
    A thorough cleaning from your dentist followed by regular brushings and flossing can reverse gingivitis before it causes damage.
  8. Water flossers can substitute flossing.
    Though they can help your oral health, water flossers cannot remove plaque in the same way that flossing can.