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Pop Quiz!

December 4, 2014
Posted By: Dr. Kevin Burgdorf
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You might think you know your stuff when it comes to your dental health, so you can test your knowledge with our pop quiz and see how many answers you get right. The answers will appear at the bottom of this post. No cheating!




1. Periodontal (gum) disease is linked to the following systemic conditions:

A. Stroke
B. Heart Disease
C. Diabetes
D. All of the above.

2. Dental crowns are made of the following materials:

A. Gold
B. Porcelain
C. Zirconia
D. All of the above

3. What causes dental caries (decay, cavities)?

A. Sugar
B. Bacteria
C. Starches
D. Fruit

4. Periodontal disease is contagious.

True or False?

5. Implants are cosmetic treatments.

True or False?

6. Teeth grinding can cause the following condition(s):

A. Cavities
B. Bad breath
C. Heart disease
D. Neck pain

7. Root canals remove the roots of your teeth.

True or False?

8. You should wait until your child has all of his or her teeth before a trip to the dentist.

True or False?

9. It doesn’t matter if you replace a missing tooth.

True or False?

10. Cracked teeth occur because of:

A. Olive pits
B. Teeth grinding
C. Chewing on ice
D. All of the above


Let’s see how you did on our pop quiz. Here are your answers:

1. D. All of the above. Research has linked periodontal disease with many systemic conditions including heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, respiratory illnesses, Alzheimer’s Disease, and certain types of cancer.

2. D. All of the above. Crowns come in a wide variety of materials including metals, porcelain, and metal/porcelain blends.

3. B. Bacteria. The bacteria that collect in your mouth eat sugars for fuel and create an acidic environment that causes your enamel to break down.

4. True. You can spread the bacteria that cause gum disease from person to person.

5. False. Implants are not just for looks. They help to retain bone and keep your teeth from drifting.

6. D. Neck Pain. Teeth grinding can cause headaches, neck pain, shoulder pain, and facial pain.

7. False. Root canals remove the pulp and nerve from inside your tooth’s roots.

8. False. Your child should visit the dentist by their first birthday according to the American Academy of pediatrics.

9. False. It does matter because it can affect the health of your remaining teeth.

10. D. All of the above. Teeth can crack from biting into hard things, clenching or grinding, and from using your teeth as tools to open things.


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