Your Seasonal Dental Quiz From Confidental Clinic In Clapham

Have you been reading our blogs this year? If so, what can you remember?

Confidental ClinicOver the past year, we have been writing a number of blogs which we hope that you have found useful and educational.

Our main aim, of course, is to encourage our Clapham patients to improve the way that they look after their teeth and their oral health in general.

As it won’t be long before we are all focussed on Christmas, it seems like a good time to see what you can remember from the blogs that we have written this last year, so, below, you will find a few questions based on our 2019 blogs. See how well you do and have fun….

  1. What is the procedure called that is used to restore a tooth when the soft pulp area, containing the nerves, becomes infected?
  2. Apart from anything that we eat or drink, what is one of the major causes of bad breath?
  3. If you lose a tooth, what is the effect in that area of the mouth?
  4. Why shouldn’t you use lemon juice to whiten your teeth?
  5. What do we call the procedures that can be used prior to a dental implant placement when there is insufficient bone to place it into?
  6. Name some of the problems that can be caused by premature loss of our ‘baby teeth.
  7. Name three advantages of using Invisalign orthodontics over ‘traditional’ style braces
  8. Why should you use dental floss?
  9. Why is alcohol potentially harmful for our oral health?
  10. What is a ‘scale and polish’ ?


  1. This is the root canal procedure. The soft pulp is located in the root canals of the teeth meaning that a regular filling will not suffice. The dentist removes the top of the tooth, cleans out the canals and then fills them with ‘gutta percha’ before usually adding the final restoration of a crown.
  2. Whilst foods such as garlic are notorious for giving us smelly breath, this is usually temporary whilst the effect wears off. Where bad breath or halitosis is persistent, it is possible that you have gum disease. This is treatable and more so if it is done in the early stages. This is just one good reason why you should have a check up at the Confidental Clinic every six months.
  3. Obviously, there would be a gap in the teeth but most people probably don’t know that the bone that once supported the tooth also starts to degrade and thin. As it does this, it can even change the shape of your face a little.
  4. Google ‘how to whiten teeth’ and we can almost guarantee that you will find people suggesting that you brush your teeth with lemon juice. At worst, this sounds harmless so why not try it as lemon is natural? The fact though is that lemon juice is extremely acidic and will erode the enamel on your teeth. This not only produces a rough surface so that staining products can stick more easily, but also increases the risk of sensitive teeth and tooth decay. Please don’t do it!
  5. Depending on the location and situation, our Clapham implant dentists can use either a bone graft or a sinus lift so that a dental implant can be placed in areas with insufficient bone structure.
  6. Besides the fact that premature loss of our first teeth usually means decay and probably very painful toothache, it can also cause problems for speech development and also may cause difficulties in eating some foods just as they are growing. Baby teeth also act as placeholders for the yet to erupt adult teeth and where there is a premature gap, may cause these to erupt crookedly.
  7. Invisalign orthodontics offer a number of benefits over traditional braces. These include 1) The fact that they are transparent and therefore almost invisible 2) There are no wires or brackets used which means a much reduced risk of food becoming trapped and causing tooth decay and 3) They can be removed by the wearer when they eat meals and clean their teeth, making them extremely convenient.
  8. Using dental floss is one of the best things that you can do to reduce the risk of gum disease and decay that starts between your teeth. Brushing is essential but often can not reach into these spaces. Only around 20% of people currently floss. If you are one of the 80%, make 2020 the year when you change this.
  9. Alcohol is relatively harmless if drunk sensibly. Even then though, it can cause a dry mouth, a potential precursor to gum disease, especially if it happens regularly. Excessive drinking can have even more devastating effects though and is a known potential cause of oral cancer.
  10. This is the procedure used by the hygienist at our Clapham practice that removes hardened bacteria (tartar) from the teeth and gum line. It not only removes some surface staining from your teeth but is essential to combat gum disease effectively.

We hope that you enjoyed our little quiz and will continue to read our blogs in the new year. In the meantime, from all of our team at the Confidental Clinic in Clapham, we wish you a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year. See you in 2020!