When it Comes to Oral Health — Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

When it Comes to Oral Health — Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?

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Pop quiz time!

Think you know your stuff when it comes oral health? Let’s put your education to the test and find out if you’re smarter than a 5th grader.

True or False: Older adults are less prone to cavities.

False — In fact, some adults are more prone to oral health issues as they age. Things like other medical conditions and complications with mobility can contribute to this. Certain medications can cause side effects like dry mouth, which increase your risk for tooth decay.

True or False: Chronic bad breath can be a sign of gum disease.

True — Frequent bad breath is a symptom of an infection of the gums. Gums that are often sore, tender, swollen, or bleed easily are other indicators of a potential issue.

True or False: Losing your teeth is a natural part of aging.

False — Your teeth CAN last a lifetime!  That is if you continue to give them proper care: brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss at least once a day, and visit us on a regular basis. These are all common rules for having healthy teeth — but they require a commitment on your part.

True or False: As long as you don’t have toothaches, your mouth is healthy.

False — Periodontal disease is considered a painless ailment until it reaches an advanced stage. You may not experience soreness or tenderness from tooth decay until it’s too late to reverse.

True or False: Electric toothbrushes are a good option for people with arthritis or other issues that make it difficult to maneuver a toothbrush.

True — Not only do electric toothbrushes help reduce plaque by 21 percent versus manual brushing, but they require minimal arm movement.

True or False: You ARE smarter than a 5th grader.

Let’s go with true! Whether you crushed this test or learned something along the way, it’s what you take away that matters. Your mouth won’t be any healthier unless you put these tips into action. Take care of your teeth now so you will have one more thing to brag about during retirement!

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