Your Christmas And New Year Dental Quiz

A fun reminder of some important oral health points

A dentist explainsDuring 2019, our team have posted many blogs, focussing on different aspects of your oral health, from basic family dental tips to in depth analysis of treatments such as dental implant placement. We write these blogs so that patients of the Confidental Clinic can be better armed with information about oral care and seek ways to improve their own.

As it’s nearly Christmas, the staff at our Streatham dental clinic thought that this would be a good time to see what you have remembered from our Confidental Clinic blogs. Without further ado, let’s see how well you fare (answers are at the bottom of the page).

  1. Name the orthodontic treatment which allows patients to remove their teeth aligners when they are eating, and whilst cleaning their teeth
  2. Why should a dry mouth be avoided, and name a few ways to help with this
  3. Why are our first teeth so important when they fall out anyway?
  4. What is Pericoronitis?
  5. What is a ‘dry socket’?
  6. Name the main components of both amalgam fillings and tooth coloured fillings
  7. What role does fluoride play in protecting our teeth?
  8. Why is cheese good for our teeth?
  9. Should you brush your teeth as soon as you have finished eating?
  10. What is a ‘diastema’?

Now, check the answers below and see how well you have been reading our blogs – good luck!


  1. A nice easy one to start with. The answer is of course, Invisalign, one of our most popular teeth straightening methods. This almost invisible and convenient orthodontic system is a great way of having straighter teeth, the trouble free way.
  2. A dry mouth should be avoided as this creates a perfect environment for the growth of some bacteria that can lead to gum disease and other oral infections. You can help to avoid this by staying well hydrated and avoiding some habits such as alcohol and smoking.
  3. It is important to look after our children’s ‘baby teeth’ not only because, as parents, we don’t want to see our children suffer with toothache, but because early tooth loss can lead to problems with speech, eating and socialising. In addition to this, our baby teeth act as placeholders and their premature loss may cause the adult teeth to erupt crooked.
  4. Pericoronitis is when our gum overlaps a wisdom tooth that has not erupted correctly. This forms a pocket where bacteria can easily collect, often leading to infections. Depending on how it progresses, it can sometimes be managed with better cleaning, although removal of the wisdom tooth is also a possibility.
  5. A dry socket can occur following a tooth extraction. In normal situations, a blood clot forms in the cavity left by the extracted tooth. This protects the area of the extraction  and allows it to heal. Occasionally, the clot can come out exposing the cavity to infections. This can be very painful and will need to be treated by the dentist.
  6. Amalgam fillings are made up of a number of metals including silver, tin, copper and mercury whilst white dental fillings are usually made from glass, resin compound and a setting ingredient. These can be adjusted to match the natural colour of your teeth, rendering the filling almost invisible.
  7. Fluoride helps to strengthen the enamel on our teeth, protecting the vulnerable inner parts. You should always use a fluoride toothpaste and should spit but not rinse after you have cleaned your teeth so that the gain the maximum benefit from the fluoride.
  8. Apart from containing important minerals such as calcium along with vitamin D, eating cheese is a great way to help to balance the acidity in your mouth. This helps to protect the enamel. For those who are concerned about any possible weight problems, you only need to eat a small piece of cheese at the end of the meal to achieve this.
  9. It might be tempting to do this, especially if you are in a rush to work or school in the morning, or have just eaten something that may cause your breath to smell. The problem in doing this is that it can actually harm your teeth. For a short while after eating, the enamel on our teeth softens a little and can be worn away more easily with brushing. Allow at least half an hour after eating before you brush your teeth.
  10. A diastema is a gap between the top two front teeth. Although some people find this an attractive look, it can cause some dental issues including crooked teeth. It can usually be treated either through orthodontic treatment or sometimes using porcelain veneers to close the gap.

How did you do, and more importantly how can we improve our blogs?  If you have any feedback, please let us know.

As always, any appointments that need to be made, re-arranged or cancelled can be done by calling the Confidental Clinic in Streatham on 020 8674 2052.