Between preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry, the field of oral health is a vast one. Obviously, cosmetic procedures deal with the way your smile looks. Restorative dental work involves teeth which are damaged and require reinforcement and restoration. Do you know what preventive dentistry is? As the name suggests, efforts to keep your smile from needing extensive cosmetic or restorative work falls under preventive care. Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari will teach you more through this fun true-or-false quiz on preventive dentistry.
Q1. True or false – Amalgam fillings are permanent and not removable or replaceable.
Q2. True or false – X-rays cannot detect cavities.
Q3. True or false – There is only one type of bacteria which causes tooth decay.
Q4. True or false – Professional dental cleanings are usually performed by your dental assistant.
A1. FALSE – Amalgam fillings used to be standard, but over the years, dentists have begun to use composite resin material which can actually match tooth color. Many people replace old metal fillings with new tooth-colored versions.
A2. FALSE – Dental x-rays help screen for cavities. They can also search for unseen cysts, tumors, bone loss, and the position of roots.
A3. TRUE – The bacteria which cause tooth decay are called Streptococcus mutans, and they are present in the mouths of all but 1% of the population. We contract the bacteria when we’re babies, through sharing food, or physical affection from our parents and caregivers. Once we have the bacteria, they can feed off of sugar and high-carbohydrate foods to produce lactic acid. This acid destroys tooth enamel, making teeth vulnerable to cavities.
A4. FALSE – Removal of hardened plaque (tartar) left on the teeth for some time is usually performed by a Registered Dental Hygienist. When tartar forms below and above the gumline it must be removed by a trained professional using special dental instruments.
Visit your Farmington Hills Dentist
If you are due for a checkup, your Farmington Hills dentist would be happy to see you. To schedule an appointment, contact our 48335 dentist office at (248)474-6434. We are proud to provide comprehensive dentistry to patients from Farmington Hills, Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Detroit, and surrounding neighborhoods.