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Dr. John F. Lann and our team always welcome questions from our patients in Round Rock, Texas, about their smile health. We look forward to supporting all of your oral health efforts to help create confident smiles.

To help make this possible, we recommend excellent oral hygiene habits as the foundation to a successful smile. Your daily efforts lay the foundation for success. Combined with regular professional dental cleanings, brushing twice a day, and flossing (at least) once a day protects your chompers and staves off tooth decay. Let’s take a short quiz to see just how much you know about those chompers!

Which one of these statements is UNTRUE when it comes to the inner workings of your teeth?
A. Jawbone: the layer of the tooth that connects it to your skull.
B. Tooth enamel: the hard outer layer protecting the dentin.
C. Dentin: the tough layer of the tooth that protects the tooth pulp.
D. Tooth pulp: the center of the tooth made of connective tissue, blood vessels, and nerves.

Which of these does NOT cause tooth decay?
A. Oral bacteria create acid which erodes your teeth.
B. Enzymes in your saliva erode your tooth unless you drink lots of water.
C. A tooth is susceptible to decay if there is a hole in the tooth.
D. Harmful bacteria can damage your teeth if left unchecked.

Which one of these statements is TRUE when it comes to encouraging tooth decay?
A. Having fluoride treatments when you see your dentist for dental cleanings.
B. Excess saliva production causing a condition called ‘moist mouth’.
C. Not eating enough sugar in your diet to feed the healthy bacteria in your mouth.
D. Avoiding flossing until you see your dentist every six months.

Which of these will NOT happen if a tooth with decay is left untreated?
A. You may experience a heart attack and possibly a stroke.
B. A toothache may develop, where you feel pain.
C. Your tooth may become infected and your gums may become swollen.
D. Your tooth may fall out if gum disease advances.

Which of the following is NOT a sign of tooth decay?
A. Having a yucky taste in your mouth, or chronic bad breath.
B. Tooth sensitivity or toothache pain.
C. Deep purple or indigo spots on your teeth.
D. Swollen or red gums next to a tooth which is hurting.

Our John F. Lann, DDS - Round Rock TX Dentist team are always ready to support your oral health efforts for a healthy smile. We look forward to working with you in Round Rock, Texas, and invite you to call 512-255-1025 today to schedule your next visit with our Dr. John F. Lann.

Answers: A, B, A, A, C.