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Dr. [doctor_name] and our team at [practice_name] enjoy helping our patients in [city], [state], to know more about their teeth and gums and the ins and outs of building a healthy smile. We strive to support your oral health efforts and encourage diligent oral hygiene to lay the foundation for a successful smile.

Indeed, the foundation of a healthy smile starts at home, with you, brushing twice a day and flossing (at least) once a day to ward off tooth decay. Let’s take a short quiz to see what you know about your teeth!

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

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. A toothache may develop, where you feel pain.
B. The tooth may become infected and your gums become swollen.
C. You may experience a heart attack and possibly a stroke.
D.Your tooth may fall out if gum disease advances.

Which of the following is NOT a sign of tooth decay?
A. Having an icky 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 [practice_name] team in [city], [state], is here to support all of your oral health efforts. We invite you to call [phone] and schedule your next visit with Dr. [doctor_name].

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