The introduction of the Internet opened a new avenue of discovering information. It also unlocked a wealth of misinformation on every topic under the sun, including your teeth. Test your ability to filter Internet fact from fiction with this quick, oral health themed game of “True or False.”
True or False: Older adults can still get cavities.
True. In fact, some adults are even more prone to cavities as they age due to receding gum lines and old fillings that break down. Certain medications can also increase your risk for tooth decay by causing dry mouth.
True or False: Bad breath that doesn’t go away could be a sign of gum disease.
True. Gum disease is more prevalent in adults and frequent bad breath is a warning sign of this infection. Gums that are often sore, tender, swollen or bleed easily are other indicators.
True or False: Losing your teeth is a natural part of the aging process.
False. Your teeth CAN last a lifetime if you continue to give them proper care. You know the drill by now: brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, floss at least once a day and visit the dentist on a regular basis. These are all common healthy teeth rules, however, some adults still neglect these basic guidelines.
True or False: As long as I have no toothaches or mouth pain, my mouth is healthy.
False. As you age, your mouth changes and the nerves in your teeth become less sensitive to pain. That means you may not experience soreness or tenderness from tooth decay or gum disease. Don’t wait to feel pain to see the dentist. The sooner you discover dental problems, the easier (and usually cheaper) they can be treated.
True or False: Electric toothbrushes are a good option for people with arthritis or other conditions that make it difficult to maneuver a toothbrush.
True. Ask your dentist to recommend a quality, affordable electronic toothbrush that gives you extra brushing power.