Did you know that in some people, tiny projections on the tongue's surface grow longer than usual causing a condition known as “black hairy tongue?” This layer of "fur" harbors bacteria, which makes the tongue look darker.
Sure, that’s a rather comical question, but there are a lot of serious questions to consider about the importance of your oral health.
Find out just how much you do know by taking this quiz from your dentist Columbia…some of the answers may just surprise you!
1. True or False: An orange a day prevents tooth decay.
False: Citrus fruits are high in acid and can wear down the outer covering of your teeth, making them more vulnerable to decay.
2. Bacteria that live on your teeth are a major cause of:
a) Bad breath
Both: Bacteria thrive on tiny bits of food on and in between your teeth, and they clump together to form a sticky film called plaque that has been known to wear away tooth enamel and eventually create a hole or cavity.
3. True or False: When you’re craving sweets, dried fruit is a tooth-friendly alternative to candy.
False: Dried fruit is sticky and stays on the teeth longer than some sweets, so you dentist Columbia recommends avoiding dried fruit and sticking with the fresh version.
4. True or False: Dental sealants are only for kids.
False: Dental sealants coat the chewing surfaces to seal out plaque. One application will usually protect the teeth from decay for several years.
5. True or False: It’s normal for teeth to be sensitive to hot and cold foods.
False: If hot or cold sensations are disturbing the nerve, it's a sign that the tooth is losing its protective coating.
6. Whitening toothpastes work by:
a) Removing stains
b) Bleaching the enamel
c) Coating the teeth with a film
Whitening toothpastes are made with ingredients that scrub surface stains from the teeth.
7. True of False: If you knock your tooth out, putting it in milk will preserve it.
True: According to your dentist Columbia, the best option is to put the tooth back in its socket - without touching the root - or keep it in between the cheek and gums; if that’s not possible, store the tooth in milk and head to the dentist.
We’ve found that a lot of people have unanswered questions regarding their oral health. Some of these questions go unaddressed due to a fear of the dentist. If you have questions, or need gentle, compassionate dental care of the highest quality, call the office of dentist Columbia, Dr. Gregory Wych today to schedule an appointment.