Last week we discussed some of the answers to a dental IQ test from a study conducted by the American Dental Association. According to ADA President, Dr. William Calnon, the 1,500 Americans in the study had an average score of “D”. That’s why our Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Askari will discuss some of the most missed questions from this dental IQ test and how they relate to your oral health.
When is the last time you replaced your toothbrush?
Like most of us, you probably cannot pin point the exact date you purchased your toothbrush. Most likely, it was not a momentous occasion. However, remembering facts like these can help you maintain better oral hygiene. According to the American Dental Association, you should replace your toothbrush every three months. The results from the dental IQ test show 65% of participants believe you should change your toothbrush every six months.
How to Remember When to Change Your Toothbrush
Frequently replacing your toothbrush can protect you from harmful bacteria and keep you from using an ineffective oral hygiene tool. You can remind yourself by marking your calendar, or setting a reminder on your phone. Coincide this with other three month markers like when to change your shower pouf or when to have your hair trimmed. One task can help remind you of the other.
What causes cavities?
If you answered sugar, you are among the 81% of study participants who also got this question wrong. However, the ADA was being tricky with this information. Sugar contributes to tooth decay by combining with S. mutans. These pathogens metabolize sugar, creating acid which wears away tooth enamel. Once the tooth enamel is eroded, bacteria infect the tooth, causing cavities.