What is the hardness factor self-test?
Hardness factor self-test is a type of dental test used to find out how hard your tooth enamel is. It is a good indicator of how long your tooth enamel will last. A higher hardness factor self-test result for the teeth tells you that your teeth are stronger, and will last longer. This test may also be referred to as “Grease Spot” or “Smear Test”.
For more information about the hardness factor self-test, read this article at our website! You can also find out more about how to use this test from your dentist or hygienist – if you have one! It’s easy to get tested during a dental examination, so don’t hesitate to ask if you need help with this point in the future.
How do you measure hardness factor self-test?
You measure the hardness factor self-test by using a pencil eraser or a little rubber ball on the top teeth and then pressing it lightly for about four seconds. The harder you press the wider the marks will be. The marks are made in opposite directions, one towards your cheeks and one away from your cheeks. The marks are left to dry for about five minutes. Then the marks are read using a hardness factor self-test ruler. The color of the marks are also important for reading your results, so try not to eat or drink anything until after you have been tested.
Why do we do a hardness factor self-test?
To find out how hard your tooth enamel is, and to see if it can be improved by fluoride, a different diet, or other means. It’s easy to get tested during a dental examination, so don’t hesitate to ask if you need help with this point in the future.
How do you read the hardness factor self-test?
You read the results by measuring how wide the marks are on your teeth. If they are less than 0.1 millimeters wide, you have a high hardness factor self-test score. If they are between 0.1 and 2 millimeters wide, you have an average score in this area, and if they are above 2 millimeters wide, then you have a low score for this area.
What does it mean if I’ve got a high score for hardness factor self-test?
If you have a high hardness factor self-test score in your teeth that means that your tooth enamel is hard and resistant to acid attack. This is a good indicator that you are unlikely to get tooth decay or cavities.
The test is carried out in the following way: You rub a pencil eraser over your teeth and then press lightly for about four seconds with the pencil eraser. The score depends on how wide the marks are on your teeth after five minutes. The wider the marks, the harder your tooth enamel is. You can compare your score with others who have used this test. If your results show that you have low tooth enamel hardness, don’t despair! There are many things that can be done to improve it.
Where can I get a hardness factor self-test?
Hardness factor self-test is easy to get. If you can’t get it done during an examination, you can test your teeth at home using the following instructions: First of all you put on a new pencil eraser. This should be soft so that it will not leave any marks on your teeth. Next, you press the pen eraser onto your top teeth and wait for about four seconds. Your tooth enamel hardness will be recorded in the top left and top right corners of the pen eraser (close to where it was pressed). The harder you apply the eraser, the wider the marks will be on your teeth. If your tooth enamel hardness is low, it means that your tooth enamel is weak and likely to break easily. If you have a high score for hardness factor self-test, it means that your tooth enamel is hard and resistant to acid attack! This is a good indicator that you are unlikely to get tooth decay or cavities.
Will I get any other result if I do hardness factor self-test?
Yes! You can also find out whether one of your teeth has a cavity or decay by getting a cavity or decay report. Cavity and decay reports are a type of dental test used to find out how severe your tooth decay is. They help your dentist to decide what you should do about your teeth.
How can you get a cavity or decay report?
Cavity or decay reports are easy to get, and they are very common in the dental profession. If you have a cavity or decay report, it means that one of your teeth has cavities, tooth decay or gum disease – or all three! It’s important that you collect lots of cavity or decay reports because it will show if any of your teeth have cavities, acid erosion and other damage. If you can’t get a cavity or decay report, ask your dentist or hygienist about getting one.
How can a cavity or decay report help you?
It can help to control your gums and teeth. Your dentist may want you to clean your teeth more often, and give you special toothpaste to use. After cleaning, your dentist will show you how the cleaning has affected the colour of your teeth by putting dental dye called sulphasil into your mouth. This will tell you whether the cleansing is having any effect. The more often that you clean your teeth, the more likely it is that they will be free of cavities and other problems in the future.