HOW STUFF WORKS
QUIZZES

FOLLOW US
Dental Tools at Home Quiz
by Staff
There's a range of tools needed to maintain a healthy smile. Although you may associate the shiny metal tools with the dentist's office, some are deemed suitable for home use. How well do you know the dental tools that grace your countertops and cabinets? Take the quiz to find out!

Name the tool NOT typically used on a person's teeth.

  • neti pot
  • dental irrigator
  • toothpick

Which of the following contains small amounts of fluoride that help keep people's tooth enamel strong?

  • candy
  • most drinking water
  • milk

What animal's spiky hairs served as bristles for an early form of the toothbrush?

  • a horse
  • a hog
  • a porcupine

For those wanting a brighter smile, which dental procedure usually involves strips, trays, gels or even special toothpaste?

  • dental scaler
  • UV treatment
  • teeth whitening

Which of the following should limit a person from whitening his or her teeth?

  • a light complexion
  • having fillings or dental problems
  • history of braces

What do dental scalers do?

  • determine if you have big or small teeth relative to the size of your mouth
  • work just like floss
  • remove hardened plaque called tartar

Which organization maintains a seal program for identifying recommended dental products?

  • Dentists United
  • The American Dental Association
  • The American Dental Decay Prevention Group

Combined with water, this tool removes matter caught between the surfaces of your teeth. Which of the following fits this description?

  • oral irrigator
  • toothbrush
  • plaque identification system

Which tool does NOT help a person spot plaque on his teeth?

  • dental plaque identification test
  • dental mirror
  • toothbrush

What's floss made of?

  • animal hair
  • stringy wax paper
  • nylon filaments or plastic monofilaments

Plaque-staining dyes are tools to help spot places people may have missed while brushing or flossing. Which color dye is commonly used?

  • blue
  • yellow
  • red

Flossing isn't helping you rid yourself of an annoying popcorn kernel wedged between your teeth. Which other type of tool could help you out?

  • dental scaler
  • interdental cleaners
  • mouth rinse

Should you reuse floss?

  • Why not -- your mouth is pretty clean, right?
  • Not unless you want more bacteria in your mouth.
  • Never. Not even if you used it minutes prior.

How should you clean dental tools at home?

  • cold water
  • rubbing alcohol
  • It depends on the product.

Which home dental tool can slightly reduce bad breath?

  • floss
  • tongue scraper
  • a clothespin for your friend's nose

What is dental plaque?

  • a build up of saliva
  • food stuck to your teeth
  • living microbes -- bacteria to be exact

How many months should you go before changing your toothbrush?

  • one month
  • three months
  • six months

Which dental tool would be better suited in the hands of your dentist than your own?

  • dental explorer
  • toothbrush
  • dental mirror

Name the tool that humans' ancestors used so frequently, it left signs on fossilized teeth.

  • dental explorer
  • toothbrush
  • toothpick

Which dental tool boasts a range of electronic options for consumers?

  • toothpick
  • dental mirror
  • the toothbrush