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Mountain View Dentistry has a Kamiah and Grangeville location.

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Mountain View Dentistry has a Kamiah and Grangeville location.

Brushing your teeth BEFORE you eat does not help prevent cavities?

a. True

b. False

Flossing helps prevent cavities.

a. True

b. False

c. It’s controversial.

Milk helps make teeth strong.

a. True

b. False

c. Both

1. Answer: False. Brushing does much more than remove food particles. Your toothbrush breaks up plaque which is a sticky film produced by the bacteria in your mouth. If that film is broken up before you eat any simple carbohydrates, far less acid is produced by the decay causing bacteria in your mouth. 2. Answer: It’s controversial. The Department of Health and Human Services recently said that there is little evidence that flossing prevents cavities. It has, however, been shown to reduce the chance of having gingivitis. 3. Answer: Another trick question, it’s both. The calcium in milk is good for remineralizing tooth structure broken down by acids. However, the natural sugars in milk can be turned into acids by the bacteria in your mouth. For instance, letting a baby or toddler fall asleep with a bottle of milk in their mouth can have devastating effects (rampant decay) on the health of their teeth.

Mountain View Dentistry

Grangeville 983-0105

Kamiah 935-2143

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