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Take the Senior Oral Health Test

"Pack up your troubles in your old kit-bag," the old song goes, "and smile, smile, smile." But older adults may not be ready to offer a toothy grin if they don't get regular dental checkups. Your teeth are important, no matter what your age. Find out how much you know about teeth by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Institute on Aging.

1. All people eventually lose their teeth as they age.
2. If you have dentures, you no longer need regular dental checkups.
3. The biggest dental problem in older adults is gum disease.
4. Electric toothbrushes are a good option for people with arthritis or other conditions that make it difficult to maneuver a toothbrush.
5. "Dry mouth" is a normal part of aging.
6. If you notice white or red patches on your gums or tongue, you should see your dentist.
7. It's important to clean dentures thoroughly at least once a day.

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