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The Ultimate Mouthwash Quiz
by Staff
Taking this quiz won't make your breath smell better, but it will show you how much you know about something that does: mouthwash. So rinse, spit and take this quiz to test your mouthwash IQ.

Mouthwash fights bad breath by killing odor-causing bacteria and doing what else?

  • repairing tooth decay
  • breaking down food particles
  • masking odors

True or False: If you use mouthwash regularly, you don't need to brush and floss.

  • True
  • False

At what age is it safe for kids to begin using mouthwash?

  • 4
  • 6
  • 10

Most mouthwashes contain up to 50 percent of what ingredient?

  • alcohol
  • water
  • fluoride

Many mouthwashes contain fluoride. What does fluoride do for your mouth?

  • It kills bacteria, protecting your teeth from decay.
  • It makes your breath smell better.
  • It strengthens tooth enamel to resist tooth decay.

Severe bad breath is also known as what?

  • gingivitis
  • periodontists
  • halitosis

Many mouthwashes contain ingredients that work as antiseptics. What does an antiseptic do?

  • rinses away plaque and food particles
  • kills bacteria and helps prevent infection
  • covers up foul odors

True or False: Brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash reduces more plaque and signs of gingivitis than brushing and flossing alone.

  • True
  • False

They may not have had the minty liquids we use today, but the ancient Romans had their own version of mouthwash. To strengthen their gums and kill bacteria, what did the ancient Romans gargle?

  • salt water
  • urine
  • alcohol

Swallowing a small amount of mouthwash is generally not harmful, but if you accidentally swallow a large amount of mouthwash, what should you do?

  • try to vomit to get it out of your stomach
  • call the National Poison Control Center
  • wait to see if anything bad happens before seeking help

True or False: Some studies have linked mouthwash use to oral cancer.

  • True
  • False

True or False: All mouthwashes contain alcohol.

  • True
  • False

During what time period was mouthwash first mass-produced and sold?

  • the mid-1900s
  • the early 1500s
  • the late 1800s

True or False: All mouthwashes burn when you use them.

  • True
  • False

Which type of mouthwash fights bacteria in the mouth?

  • remineralizing mouthwash
  • fluoride mouthwash
  • antimicrobial mouthwash

True or False: Mouthwash is a must for good dental health.

  • True
  • False

Some mouthwashes for kids have an ingredient that does what when it comes into contact with food particles?

  • changes color
  • changes flavor
  • becomes foamy

Swishing mouthwash in your mouth does what?

  • It activates the bacteria-fighting ingredients in the mouthwash.
  • It helps ensure the rinse reaches all parts of the mouth, as well as dislodge trapped particles.
  • There's no reason to swish -- just holding the mouthwash in your mouth works just as well.

What organization maintains a list of mouthwashes that are safe to use?

  • the Better Business Bureau
  • the American Dental Association
  • the Department of Homeland Security

True or False: Some brands of mouthwash help whiten teeth.

  • True
  • False