Cavities and Tooth Decay: Bacterial Causes of Common Dental Issues

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Tooth decay will NOT be prevented by _____.

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1. How are dental caries formed?

2. What is true to the bacteria Streptococcus found in the mouth?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will help you gauge your understanding of the harmful bacteria that can be found in the mouth, the sources of this bacteria, and what oral problems this bacteria can lead to.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • What dental caries are
  • What causes dental caries
  • The types of health conditions that have been linked to periodontal disease
  • What sugar is fermented by Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sobrinus
  • A term used to describe an oral biofilm

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding the causes and prevention of cavities and tooth decay
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of sucrose consumption linked to tooth decay
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about tooth decay in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the formation of plaque and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called Cavities and Tooth Decay: Bacterial Causes of Common Dental Issues. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Describe the good bacteria found in the mouth
  • Provide details about sucrose as the leading cause of the development of cavities and tooth decay
  • Identify two reasons as to why sucrose can lead to oral problems
  • Discuss the formation of plaque and what this leads to
  • Explain how cavities and oral disease can be prevented
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