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At Meadowdale Dental Clinic in Lynnwood, Washington, Dr. Lois Lee and our team want encourage a healthy smile beginning with your teeth and how they incur tooth decay. Strong oral health is the foundation to a healthy, beautiful smile. It all begins in the home with regular daily oral hygiene to protect yourself against the hazards of tooth decay. This means routine professional dental cleanings along with brushing twice a day and flossing (at least) once a day to strengthen and protect teeth.

But what happens if you end up with tooth decay? Let’s take a brief quiz about your teeth to see if you know how to recognize the dangers of tooth decay.

Which one of these statements is UNTRUE when it comes to the inner workings of your teeth?
A. Jawbone: the layer of the tooth that connects it to your skull.
B. Tooth enamel: the hard outer layer protecting the dentin.
C. Dentin: the tough layer of the tooth which protects the tooth pulp.
D. Tooth pulp: the center of the tooth made of connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves.

Which of these does NOT cause tooth decay?
A. Oral bacteria create acid which erodes your teeth.
B. Enzymes in your saliva erode your tooth unless you drink lots of water.
C. Bad bacteria can damage your teeth if left unchecked.
D. A tooth is susceptible to decay if there is a hole in the tooth.

Which of these will NOT happen if a tooth with decay is left untreated?
A. You may experience a heart attack and possibly a stroke.
B. Your tooth may experience pain, known as a toothache.
C. Your tooth may become infected and your gums may swell.
D. Your tooth may fall out with advanced gum disease.

Which of the following is NOT a sign of tooth decay?
A. Having a yucky taste in your mouth, or chronic bad breath.
B. Tooth sensitivity or toothache pain.
C. Deep purple or indigo spots on your teeth.
D. Swollen or red gums next to a tooth which is hurting.

Which one of these statements is TRUE when it comes to encouraging tooth decay?
A. Having fluoride treatments when you see your dentist for professional cleanings.
B. Excess saliva production causing a condition called ‘moist mouth’.
C. Not eating enough sugar in your diet to feed the healthy bacteria in your mouth.
D. Avoiding flossing until you see your dentist every six months.

Dr. Lois Lee and our Meadowdale Dental Clinic team always welcome your oral health questions and concerns. We look forward to working with you in Lynnwood, Washington, to create the smile you deserve.

The winning combination of diligent daily oral hygiene habits along with bi-annual dental cleanings is a smart goal to create your confident smile! Please call (425) 361-0842 today to schedule your next checkup with our team.

Answers: A, B, A, B, C.