1. Which of these statements about mouth bacteria is NOT true?
a) Bacteria in your mouth can produce acids that may harm your tooth enamel.
b) There are both helpful and harmful types of bacteria in your mouth.
c) Smoking decreases the level of bad bacteria in your mouth.
d) Some bacteria in your mouth may be linked to respiratory disease.
Smoking decreases the level of bad bacteria in your mouth.
Smoking raises your risk for gum disease because more bacterial plaque is produced, and gums are slower to heal from infection. Smoking also stains your teeth, stinks up your breath, interferes with your taste buds and leads to tooth sensitivity.
2. Your tongue needs care, too! What’s the best regimen for looking after this mouthy organ?
a) Rest your tongue for at least eight hours a day
b) Exercise your tongue daily to promote circulation
c) Brush your tongue at least twice a day
d) Use a tongue shampoo product daily