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Fort Myers, FL Dental Office
Drs. Bass and Donovan Dentistry
5248 Red Cedar Drive, Suite 101
Fort Myers, FL 33907

Take the Dental IQ Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Your Oral Health?

   Nearly everyone knows the basics.  We all know that brushing and flossing are important to fend off disease.  We know that you should visit the dentist regularly.  Aside from these basic concepts, there is much more out there.  Feel free to take this quiz.  The answers with brief descriptions are listed below.  If you have any additional questions, please contact us!  Good luck.  

1.  A normal adult should have how many teeth?

a. 28

b. 30

c. 32

d. 34


2.  How many should a normal child have?

a. 14

b. 12

c. 20

d. 24


3.  Candy and sugary drinks can cause tooth decay.  Which causes tooth decay more, the portion size or the frequency of these meals/snacks?

a. Portion size

b. Frequency


4.  Many studies agree that there is a specific set minimum time that is most effective for brushing teeth per session.  What is that time?

a. 2 minutes

b. 1 minute

c. 90 seconds

d. 45 seconds


5.  The hardest material in the body is?

a. Dentin

b. Enamel

c. Bone


6.  How old should a child be for their first dental appointment?

a. 2 years

b. When the first tooth is visible

c. No set time

d. 1 year


7.  You probably use the term "cavity" for tooth decay.  What is the name of the disease that causes a cavity in teeth?

a. Gingivitis

b. Caries

c.  Halitosis

d. Amalgam


8.  Your tooth brush should be replaced how often?

a. Every 2 to 3 months

b. Once every month

c.  After you recover from a cold

d.  It doesn't matter



1.  b - 32 teeth

2. c - 20 teeth

3. b - frequency.  You could eat 300 pieces of candy per month.  If you at ten every day you would be at a much higher risk of developing tooth decay than you would if you ate all 300 on the 1st of every month.  On a side note, we do not recommend either method.  

4.  a - 2 minutes.  Multiple studies have shown that the time spent brushing is of significant importance in oral health.  Some studies have even gone so far as to say it is more important than technique, type of brush, or type of toothpaste.  

5.  b - enamel.  Enamel is the calcified outer layer of the teeth.  

6.  d - 1 year.  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry claims that the first visit to the dentist should be "first visit by first birthday".  

7.  b - caries.  Gingivitis is gum disease.  Halitosis is bad breath.  Amalgam is a alloy dental filling material.  

8.  a - every 2 to 3 months.  Recent studies have shown that changing the toothbrush sooner than this yielded no benefits to the effective cleaning of teeth.  

How did you do?  If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, feel free to call us at (239)939-4737 or email us at [email protected]