Children's Health and Wellness

Brushing Up on Healthy Teeth

Keeping your teeth healthy sounds simple: Brush and floss twice a day and see your dentist twice a year. The trouble is, simple as that sounds, you may need to know more. It's not that dental health is hard—it's easy. But give this true-false quiz a try to see just how much you know about keeping your teeth their brightest, whitest, and healthiest.

1. You must brush and floss your teeth after every meal to prevent gum disease and cavities.
A. True B. False
2. Brushing your teeth with an up-and-down or side-to-side motion is the best way to clean your teeth.
A. True B. False
3. You can floss your teeth by simply putting the floss between your teeth and pulling it through.
A. True B. False
4. Toothbrushes with angled heads and 2 levels of bristles are better than those with straight heads and 1 level of bristles.
A. True B. False
5. Motorized toothbrushes clean your teeth better than manual brushes.
A. True B. False
6. Brushing too much can harm your gums.
A. True B. False
7. You should use a dental rinse along with brushing and flossing to remove plaque.
A. True B. False
8. Toothpastes that contain baking soda and hydrogen peroxide can help reduce plaque acids made by plaque bacteria.
A. True B. False
9. You should see your dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings.
A. True B. False
10. If your parents lost all their teeth to tooth decay or gum disease, you will too.
A. True B. False
Print Source: Government, ADA recognize importance of flossing. ADA News.
Online Source: Brushing Your Teeth, American Dental Associationhttp://www.ada.org/en/Home-MouthHealthy/az-topics/b/brushing-your-teeth
Online Source: Flossing, American Dental Associationhttp://www.ada.org/en/Home-MouthHealthy/az-topics/f/flossing
Online Source: Fluoride, American Dental Associationhttp://www.ada.org/en/Home-MouthHealthy/az-topics/f/fluoride
Online Source: Gum Disease, American Dental Associationhttp://www.ada.org/en/Home-MouthHealthy/az-topics/g/gum-disease
Online Source: Learn more about toothbrushes, American Dental Associationhttp://www.ada.org/en/science-research/ada-seal-of-acceptance/product-category-information/toothbrushes
Online Source: Don't toss the floss, NIH News in Healthhttps://newsinhealth.nih.gov/issue/nov2016/feature2
Online Source: Keep Your Mouth Healthy, NIH News in Healthhttps://newsinhealth.nih.gov/issue/oct2015/feature2
Author: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: Brown, Kim, APRN
Online Medical Reviewer: Kapner, Michael, DDS
Date Last Reviewed: 5/1/2017