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Quiz: What Do You Know About Your Teeth?

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An orange a day prevents tooth decay.

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An orange a day prevents tooth decay.

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Citrus fruits are highly acidic. They can wear down the hard outer covering of your teeth, called enamel. That makes your teeth more vulnerable to decay. This doesn't mean you have to skip your morning OJ, though. Just be sure to brush afterward. And limit acidic drinks, such as coffee or lemonade, for the rest of the day.

If you have a sugary drink, drink it quickly instead of sipping it all afternoon -- and brush afterward, if you can.

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Bacteria that live on your teeth are a major cause of:

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Bacteria that live on your teeth are a major cause of:

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Bacteria thrive on bits of food on and in between your teeth, and they clump together to form a sticky film called plaque. Acids that come from bacteria in plaque wear away tooth enamel and can eventually create a hole or cavity. Plaque also causes gum disease, which can leave you with stubborn bad breath. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once to keep plaque at bay.

When you're craving sweets, dried fruit is a tooth-friendly alternative to candy.

When you're craving sweets, dried fruit is a tooth-friendly alternative to candy.

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Dried fruit is sticky, which means it stays on the teeth longer than some sweets. This provides an ongoing source of sugar that fuels bacterial growth. So if you're a fan of trail mix, rinse your mouth with water after snacking. Brush and floss as soon as possible.

In infants, baby teeth may appear as early as:

In infants, baby teeth may appear as early as:

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About 1 in 2,000 babies is born with visible teeth. In the typical baby, all 20 primary teeth are fully formed at birth, but they don't start emerging from the gums until around 6 months of age.

Baby teeth are whiter than adult teeth.

Baby teeth are whiter than adult teeth.

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The enamel on primary teeth is thinner, making them appear whiter than permanent teeth. The color difference may be noticeable when kids have a mix of baby and adult teeth.

Dental sealants are only for kids.

Dental sealants are only for kids.

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Whether you're a child or an adult, your toothbrush can't reach all the way into the grooves of your teeth. That means some food and plaque will remain despite regular brushing and flossing. Dental sealants coat the chewing surfaces to seal out plaque. One application will usually protect the teeth from decay for several years.

A black hairy tongue comes from:

A black hairy tongue comes from:

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In some people, tiny projections on the tongue's surface grow longer than usual. This layer of "fur" harbors bacteria, which makes the tongue look darker. Brushing and flossing regularly can control the bacteria and restore the tongue's normal appearance.

It's normal for teeth to be sensitive to hot and cold foods.

It's normal for teeth to be sensitive to hot and cold foods.

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If hot or cold sensations are disturbing the nerve, it's a sign that the tooth is losing its protective coating. This can happen as a result of cavities, worn fillings, gum disease, receding gums, or a fractured tooth. There are effective treatment options, so see your dentist if you have sensitive teeth.

"Whitening" toothpastes work by:

"Whitening" toothpastes work by:

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Whitening toothpastes are made with ingredients that scrub surface stains from the teeth. They don't change the baseline color of your tooth enamel. If you want to get your teeth whiter than your enamel color, talk to your dentist about an in-office or at-home bleaching treatment.

If you knock your tooth out, putting it in milk will help preserve it.

If you knock your tooth out, putting it in milk will help preserve it.

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Yes, true! It's important to keep the tooth moist until you can get to the dentist's office or emergency room. The best options are to put the tooth back in its socket without touching the root or keep it in between the cheek and gums. If neither is possible, store the tooth in milk and head to the dentist right away.

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