Test Your Knowledge of Preventive Dentistry

Dental Examination Quiz from South Austin Dentist

Q1. True or false: Brushing with a hard bristled toothbrush can actually do more harm than good for your smile.


Q2. A dental checkup includes which of the following?

A. Cavity detection

B. Gum disease risk assessment

C. Oral cancer screening

D. All of the above


Q3. True or false: A dental checkup is only necessary if you have a toothache.


Q4. Which of the following are reasons for a dental X-ray?

A. Cavity diagnosis

B. Checking tooth alignment

C. Examining jawbone health

D. All of the above

Dental Examination Answers

A1. True: Toothbrushes with harsher bristles are actually harmful to your tooth enamel. Unfortunately, many patients believe brushing with hard bristles and some extra effort is better for their oral health. In reality, these habits can slowly deteriorate their smile defenses. Use only ADA recommended soft bristled brushes to avoid enamel erosion and gum irritation.

A2. D: All of the above are included in every dental examination. Our Austin dentist, Dr. Van Wicklen works diligently to make your dental checkup as comprehensive as possible, looking for all avenues of improving your oral health. From oral cancer screenings that could save your life, to gum disease and cavity prevention that could save you time and money.

A3. False: Dental checkups are about much more than tooth decay. This vital preventive dentistry measure can save your teeth from deterioration and pain in the first place. The ADA recommends dental checkups every six months, or more frequently for patients with gum disease or heightened susceptibility to dental health conditions.

A4. D: All of the above and more are reasons for dental radiography. These images give Dr. Van Wicklen clues about your oral health that are hidden to the naked eye. For instance, a dental X-ray can show our South Austin dentist if you have decay beneath a dental restoration or filling. These images can also expose impacted wisdom teeth, signs of gum disease, oral cancer, and misalignment.

To schedule a dental checkup with Dr. Steven Van Wicklen, our experienced South Austin dentist, call our Austin dentist office at (512) 448-3131.