Dental Cavity Risk Quiz Results
Your risk for cavities is moderate.
To decrease your risk for tooth decay, we recommend:
At the dentist's office
- If you have not been to the dentist in the past year, make an appointment to see your dentist within the next 6 months.
- Discuss your concerns about your risk for tooth decay and request that a risk assessment be performed. A professional risk evaluation for tooth decay may include:
- A bacterial test
- Measurement of saliva flow
- Review of your medications
- Evaluation of your dietary and oral hygiene habits
- Brush at least twice a day for 2-3 minutes with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Floss at least once a day.
- Limit snacking and avoid sugary foods.
- Consider using xylitol gum or candy instead of regular gum or candy.
If you are confirmed to be moderate risk, your dentist may do any of the following:
- Professionally clean your teeth
- Provide instructions on good oral hygiene habits
- Provide instructions on a healthy diet
- Recommend the use of xylitol gum or candy
- Recommend a high fluoride toothpaste
- Recommend a high fluoride mouth rinse
- Apply fluoride to your teeth
- Recommend sealants
This oral health information is intended for educational purposes only. You should always consult a licensed dentist or other qualified health care professional for any questions concerning your oral health. Services recommended are not necessarily covered with all dental plans. Check your dental plan contract or evidence of coverage to confirm the benefit coverage provided under your plan.
Cavity photo: © Fotosearch
Plaque and disclosing tablet photos: provided courtesy of Dr. Marc Miller, Brisbane, Australia.