Pop Quiz!: Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is an incredibly common condition with the majority of adults in America having faced it at some point in their life. Even though it is very common, it is also misunderstood. While some of these misunderstandings are harmless, there are some that can create an unhealthy dynamic for your smile. Your dental team in Olathe, Kansas wants you to better understand tooth decay so that you have a better understanding on how to keep it away. This quiz on tooth decay can both test the knowledge you already have and maybe give you some more. 

Quiz Questions

  1. True or False: Tooth decay will clear up on its own.
  2. True or False: Brushing your teeth before bed can help prevent tooth decay.
  3. True or False: Just like bones and skins, your enamel can regenerate and heal itself.

Answer Key

  1. False. Tooth decay will not clear up on its own. Tooth decay is a progressive disease (like gum disease) meaning that it will continue to worsen until it is treated. In the earliest stages of tooth decay, it can be reversed. However, once it has attacked the tooth’s outer shell (the enamel), tooth decay will progress further and further inside the tooth until it is stopped. Unchecked tooth decay can lead to the loss of the tooth.
  2. True. A strong oral hygiene routine can help keep bacteria out of the mouth, which can help keep tooth decay from happening. Hygiene before going to sleep is a great way to make sure the sleeping mouth is not a overnight hotel for harmful bacteria to repopulate.
  3. False. Once enamel has been damaged, it cannot repair itself. Enamel can be restored with a composite bonding material used in cosmetic bonding or a filling. A more severely damaged tooth can be restored with a crown that can protect the sensitive inner areas of the tooth that contain the roots and nerves.

Do you have any questions about tooth decay?

Knowledge is power when it comes to protecting your smile. To schedule a consultation call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-764-1018. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, Spring Hill, Osawatomie, Edgerton, Shawnee, Johnson County, De Soto, Paola, Lawrence, and all surrounding communities.