Some Wisdom About Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the name for your third permanent molars, which typically appear from age 17-25. It is thought the name “wisdom teeth” comes from the fact that they appear long after all your other permanent teeth, when you a much older & wiser. Most people have four wisdom teeth, one in each quadrant of the mouth (upper left, upper right, lower left, lower right). If your dentist has been doing updated x-rays of your mouth every year, they might be able to see where your wisdom teeth are going to come in, but there’s no guarantee on how wisdom teeth will behave. Read more

Replacing Missing Teeth: Dentures vs. Dental Implants

woman choosing dentures or dental implantsWhether you’ve lost teeth to decay, periodontal disease or an accident, we know that having a missing tooth can be embarrassing, inconvenient & often very uncomfortable. Luckily, there are many options for restoring your teeth, but with so many options, there is also some confusion. In this post we’re going to break down the choice between dentures & dental implants for replacing missing teeth.
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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Dental Health?

woman answering dentistry quizTest your knowledge of dentistry & your dental health! Take the quiz & see the answer key at the bottom to see how well you did.

  1. When should you floss?
    1. Before you brush your teeth.
    2. After you brush your teeth.
    3. Before or after—as long as you floss at least once a day!

     

  2. Which beverages are acidic & can cause tooth decay?
    1. Wine
    2. Water with lemon
    3. Diet soda
    4. Coffee
    5. All of the above

     

  3. When should children first see the dentist?
    1. Within 6 months of their first tooth coming in.
    2. Once they have at least two teeth.
    3. Once all of their teeth have come in.
    4. Once they’re old enough to talk to the dentist.

     

  4. What does fluoride do?
    1. It helps keep plaque from sticking to teeth.
    2. It helps rebuild dental enamel & reverse early tooth decay.
    3. It kills bacteria in your mouth that can cause tooth decay.
    4. It helps keep teeth white by removing surface stains.

     

  5. In addition to poor dental hygiene, which of these are risk factors for gum disease?
    1. Genetic susceptibility.
    2. Diabetes.
    3. Smoking.
    4. Medications that cause dry mouth.
    5. All of the above.

     

  6. True or False: A hard bristle toothbrush is better at cleaning teeth than a soft bristle toothbrush.
    1. True.
    2. False.
Answers: 1:c, 2:e, 3:a, 4:b; 5:e, 6:b-False.
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