How much do you know about your mouth? It’s responsible for allowing you to eat, breathe, and speak. Without your mouth, you couldn’t chew and taste the foods you love. You couldn’t communicate at work, or with the ones you love. The dentists and specialists at Dental Associates of Corona want you to understand your mouth and oral health so that you can take great care of your smile, live a longer, higher quality life, and make wise decisions when dental treatment is necessary.

This quiz may teach you a few facts you didn’t know about your amazing mouth.

1. What is the name for the innermost layer of the tooth?

a. Pulp

b. Dentin

c. Enamel

d. Crown

The answer is a, pulp. Contained inside the pulp are connective tissues, blood vessels, and nerves that travel down through the tooth’s roots. A deep cavity or crack can allow bacteria to infiltrate the pulp within the tooth’s canal. If the pulp becomes infected, root canal therapy may be advised to save the tooth from extraction.

2. Which Corona dental specialist should you see if you need jaw reconstruction surgery?

a. Pediatric Dentist

b. Orthodontist

c. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

d. Endodontist

The answer is c, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Besides jaw reconstruction, these specialists are trained to perform a variety of procedures, including dental implant placement, wisdom teeth extraction, and the treatment of certain facial traumas.

3. Which of the following contains fluoride?

a. Mouthwash

b. Toothpaste

c. Public drinking water

d. All of the above

The answer is d, all of the above. Because fluoride strengthens tooth enamel and protects your teeth against decay, many toothpastes and mouthwashes are fortified with the mineral, as are community water sources. Fun fact – green tea is also high in fluoride!

How did you do? Are you an oral health genius? For more information, or to schedule your next dental checkup, call Dental Associates of Corona, California, at (951) 273-9580.