Going to the dentist is a fairly common practice, but how much do we actually know about taking care of our mouths? These five statements will test your knowledge when it comes to maintaining a healthy smile:

FACT or FICTIONA little blood after flossing and brushing your teeth is perfectly normal.  – FICTION. Bleeding gums are never okay. If your gums bleed while you’re brushing, it could be gingivitis. It could also mean that you were brushing or flossing too hard.

FACT or FICTION: Aspirin placed next to a tooth is a good way to relive a toothache –FICTION. Placing your tooth right on the gum causes ulceration. The best cure for a tooth ache is to visit your dentist.

FACT or FICTIONSensitivity in teeth means you have decay – FACT. Tooth sensitivity varies in intensity and source. Some sensitivity comes from fractured teeth, brushing too hard, bleaching teeth and worn fillings.

FACT or FICTION: Dry mouth is due to aging – FICTION. Dry mouth is not due to aging – it can happen at any age. If your mouth is continually dry, consult your dentist on treatment options so that a simple problem like dry mouth does not turn into a serious oral health problem.

FACT or FICTION: Refined sugars, like those found in soda pop, are more harmful to teeth than natural sugars, like those found in juice – FICTION. Any form of sugar is harmful to your teeth and wears away the enamel. Eating a well-balanced diet and staying away from sugar-filled food and drinks is the best way to keep your mouth healthy.