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How would you rank your oral health care in regard to your age? If you’re not already doing more to improve your oral health, it is important to start taking the necessary steps to enhance your smile as you begin to get older. To prevent further damage from arising, branch out with your cleaning techniques, preventive measures and lifestyle choices. Take the following quiz to determine how much you know about aging and dental health:

Question 1: What is aging’s relationship to dental health?
A: All things being equal, your teeth naturally age and weaken over time.
B: Your teeth will naturally strengthen over time.
C: Your teeth are guaranteed to fall out and there’s nothing you can do about it.
D: As you get older your teeth get younger.

Question 2: Which of the following are benefits of building up your smile as you age?
A: Keeping your teeth strong for the rest of your life can allow them to function for as long as you do.
B: If you continue to clean your mouth out, you will lower your risk of dental damage such as tooth decay and cavities.
C: Your oral health and your physical health are often related. By keeping a healthy smile, you can stand a much greater chance of having a healthy body.
D: All of the above

Question 3: Which of the following is not a cause of weakening teeth?
A: Plaque buildup
B: Cavities
C: Dental erosion
D: None of the above

Question 4: Which of the following are treatments for preventing aging smiles?
A: avoiding bad habits such a smoking and chewing tobacco
B: using nonabrasive cleaning products
C: eating enamel building minerals such as calcium and phosphorus
D: all of the above

Answer Key:
A, D, D, D

If you think you need additional care for your aging smile, please call Rob Holdridge, DMD & Associates at 630-668-3423 so we can get you in to see Dr. Rob Holdridge and our team as soon as possible. Our office is located in Wheaton, Illinois.