To Brush Or Not To Brush: Ultimate Gum Brush Quiz
by Staff
Healthy gums are important, and brushing them is one way to keep them that way. Test your knowledge of this often-overlooked topic.

What is one sign of gum disease?

  • pink-colored gums
  • bleeding gums
  • dry gums

What percentage of the population may be susceptible to gum disease?

  • 20 percent
  • 30 percent
  • 40 percent

What's one of the biggest risk factors for developing gum disease?

  • heredity
  • tobacco use
  • diabetes

Why is massaging your gums beneficial?

  • It's not; it doesn't do anything.
  • It removes surface bacteria.
  • It increases blood flow.

What's the main difference between a gum brush and a toothbrush?

  • Gum brush bristles are soft and thick.
  • Gum brush bristles are very short.
  • Gum brushes have round heads, while toothbrushes have rectangular heads.

Do you put toothpaste on your gum brush?

  • Yes, always.
  • No, you just want to massage your gums.
  • No, but you should soak the gum brush in mouthwash before using it.

Can you use a gum brush on infants?

  • No. Their gums are too sensitive.
  • Only when they have at least two teeth.
  • Yes. It's healthy for their gums, too.

Which of the following is NOT one of the American Dental Association's recommendations for good oral hygiene?

  • Brush your teeth twice a day.
  • Massage your gums with a gum brush once a week.
  • Clean between your teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner.

How much do gum brushes cost?

  • $3
  • $7
  • $15

Can you massage your gums with something other than a gum brush?

  • Nope. Nothing else is safe enough. It's gum brush or nothing.
  • Sure. Use your fingers or, if that's too gross for you, your toothbrush.
  • Yes. You simply want to stimulate your gums, so use whatever's small enough to fit in your mouth