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So you think you know how to take care of your teeth…take your shot at this quick quiz and let me know how you did.

Here are 5 quick questions for you….Answers are below:

1 How much flossing is enough ?

2 Why do you brush?

3  Is an electric toothbrush as good as a manual brush?

4  Does not flossing enough cause breath odor?

5  Can you clean your teeth so well that you never need to go to the dentist?

Answers:

1.  Once per day is enough.  Daily flossing prevents cavities from forming between teeth.  At bedtime is best.

2.  To prevent decay, remove stains, freshen breath and stimulate gum tissue for periodontal health.

3.  It’s better!  Electric toothbrushes are proven to remove more plaque than a manual brush.  Plaque is the cause of both decay and gum (periodontal) disease.

4.  Yes.  Brushing helps, but not flossing guarantees breath odor.  It can also be caused by sinus problems and acid reflux.

5.  No.  A hygienist still has to clean the hard scale deposits (calculus) that form on your teeth under the gumline.  That still forms even with the best brushing and flossing.

W Bryon Satterfield, DDS, MAGD   General dentist in The Woodlands with excellent care, skill and judgment from decades of experience in precision practice and teaching. Things work! 281-363-1571

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