August 19, 2016
If you regularly read this dental blog, you understand our commitment to educating patients and local community members about best oral health practices. I enjoy posting information for patients to use as a way to improve their oral health and overall health.
Today I have a special 5-question quiz for you to take. There is nothing on the line here, so answer the questions to the best of your ability. I’ll have the answers at the end. You have a chance today to learn about some great ways to give yourself a healthier and more beautiful smile.
Here we go …
1.) What dental condition comes before gum disease?
C. Tooth avulsion
D. None of the above
2.) I can correct crooked teeth with:
A. Traditional braces
D. All of the above
3. ) A CPAP machine is the only way to treat sleep apnea
4.) By what age should a child see a dentist?
E. None of the above
5.) All dentists use metal in their restorations.
Here are your answers:
1. ) A. Gingivitis proceeds gum disease. This is a simple way or saying the gums are swollen or irritated from a present infection. Here’s the thing about oral infections, they don’t go away on their own. That’s true for cavities and gum infections. Gingivitis can be reversed, but it should still raise a red flag. Full-blown gum disease is much harder to manage and is not curable. Patients with gum disease need constant care and intervention. Gum disease is also the leading cause of tooth loss adults. If you have swollen gums or bleeding gums, it’s time to act. See your dentist immediately.
2.) D. You can correct crooked teeth with either traditional braces, Invisalign, or even veneers. One treatment our office loves to focus on is Invisalign. This is a great treatment for adults patients, especially those who cannot stand the thought of wearing uncomfortable brackets or wires. That’s because Invisalign uses clear aligners to position teeth into a more appropriate location. The aligners are even removable, making it easier to eat and then clean your teeth.
3.) B. Dentists are now using oral appliances to treat sleep apnea. A CPAP machine is a device you wear throughout the night. It includes a mask that is connected a machine. The issue is that many patients find the CPAP machine cumbersome and downright uncomfortable. That’s why we have trained to learn different ways to treat your sleep apnea. Instead of an uncomfortable mask, we use a comfort oral appliance that fits directly over your lower teeth. The appliance pushes your lower jaw forward so your airways stay open at night.
4.) A. Parents should bring their children to the dentist when the child is 1, or by the time the first teeth begin to appear. Bringing your child to the dentist early in their life means a dentist can oversee the development of their jawbone and baby teeth. We start by examining the mouth, and then we’ll begin gentle cleanings when the child is older. Just like permanent teeth, it’s important to make sure baby teeth are free of dental decay.
5.) B. Many dental offices still use metal to restore teeth. That includes metal fillings or metal-fused crowns. Metal fillings are an eyesore, and metal-fused crowns can create a black line near the gumline. Luckily, that’s not the only way to restore a tooth. Our office uses all-ceramic crowns and composite fillings to restore teeth. These modern restorations do not use metal and are more aesthetically pleasing. Our composite fillings bond to the tooth, strengthening it after it’s prepared.
I hope you did well on this dental quiz. I tried to create a variety of questions about the different services we offer. If you have any further questions or need to schedule a dental visit, call us at 703-552-2530.