From teeth whitening to placing crowns, Dr. Ryan Hussong offers his Polk City neighbors a variety of treatments to optimize oral health. At Cornerstone Dental, your oral and overall health is our focus. Our blog’s purpose is to educate our patients and provide helpful information on all topics related to health and dentistry. We believe the more you know about your oral health, the better prepared you are to maintain a healthy and strong smile for life. Take this quiz to test your dental knowledge and impress Dr. Hussong with how much you’ve learned during your next checkup!
1. What is the strongest substance in the human body?
C. Tooth enamel
2. How long should you brush your teeth?
A. 20 seconds
B. 1 minute
C. 2 minutes
D. Until you get tired
3. What causes permanent staining of the teeth?
E. All of the above
4. How often should you visit the dentist?
A. Every 5 years
B. Twice a year
C. When you have time
D. Not until your teeth hurt
1. C – Tooth enamel is the strongest substance in the human body, even stronger than bone. Although bone and enamel begin from the same calcium and phosphate crystal building material, the proteins in enamel form longer and stronger strands of mineral crystals than bone. The only substance on earth stronger than tooth enamel is diamond.
2. C – The recommended time for brushing your teeth is at least two minutes. If you hurry through your tooth brushing routine, you will leave behind plaque and food debris that can damage your teeth. Pay attention to your method of brushing, and be sure to clean every surface of each tooth, including the occlusal (biting) surface.
3. E – All of the above. Dark-pigmented foods and beverages cause permanent tooth stains over time. Tobacco use is another culprit. Permanent stains cannot be removed by brushing alone and may require cosmetic dental treatment to correct or erase.
4. B – To maintain optimum oral health, you should schedule cleanings and examinations at our office every six months. Examinations are important for detecting potential oral health problems such as oral cancer and cavities. Dental cleanings can gently remove tartar buildup that contributes to gum disease.
To expand your dental education at your convenience, visit our website to view our patient educational videos. To learn more about achieving your optimal oral health, schedule an appointment online or call Cornerstone Dental in Polk City at (515) 984-6001. We welcome families from Des Moines, Polk City, Ames, Ankeny, Alleman, Bondurant, Grimes, Johnston, and the surrounding communities.