Do you know the difference between how we classify a cavity and how we categorize TMJ disorder or sleep apnea? Are you aware that some of these issues are the result of avoiding consistent dental hygiene, while others can occur as the result of multiple underlying issues (like daily stress or anxiety) or other factors? Your Temecula dentist suggests you make your way through a quick quiz, so you become more familiar with the difference between problems caused by bacteria, by muscle tension, and more.

Quiz Questions: True or False?

  1. True or False: Your Temecula dentist explains, if you are suffering from an oral health disease that is the result of bacteria and plaque accumulation, this is something that is generally caused by poor attention to your smile maintenance.
  2. True or False: If your teeth are misaligned, it is always considered a strict cosmetic issue.
  3. True or False: If we explain to you that you are suffering from a functional disorder, you can immediately recognize that it is not related to your flossing, brushing, or other forms of plaque removal.

Quiz Answers

  1. True. This is what is known as a hygiene-related problem. You can differentiate this from other issues by recognizing one factor: It is likely occurring due to poor habits or a lack of professional dental cleanings.
  2. False. This can become a confusing area for some patients. Your Temecula dentist would like you to understand the distinction: Mild alignment concerns that do not affect your oral health are considered cosmetic. Issues that impact the balance of your bite or your ability to clean your teeth affect more than just the cosmetic value of your grin. They require orthodontic care to help you avoid damage.
  3. True. Function refers to the way everything is working. Sometimes, damage, injury, stress, strain, bad habits (like chewing habits), missing teeth, or the way your teeth are aligned can affect the way every part of your oral cavity and supportive structures cooperate.

Riverside Dental Group and Dental Associate Offices Serves a Community Near You!

Our dentists look forward to caring for you and every member of your family with a comprehensive selection of services. We will maintain and improve your oral health with a wide range of preventive, cosmetic, restorative, implant, and emergency dentistry techniques. We also specialize in endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, and orthodontics, serving patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.