Do You Really Know How to Pick Out a Toothbrush?
by Staff
So you think picking out a toothbrush is as simple as choosing between the lime green or the navy one? Picking and using the right toothbrush plays a major role in maintaing good oral health.

Which of these types of toothbrushes are better for your teeth?

  • soft nylon bristle
  • medium nylon bristle
  • hard nylon bristle

Exactly how long should you brush your teeth?

  • 60 seconds
  • 45 seconds
  • 120 seconds

The first nylon bristle toothbrush was introduced in what year?

  • 1898
  • 1938
  • 1969

How often do you replace a disposable toothbrush or electric toothbrush head?

  • every 6 months
  • once a year
  • every 3 months

To get a proper cleaning when brushing, you don't need to pay special attention to your tooth fillings.

  • True
  • False

If you wear braces, you should brush your teeth at what degree angle?

  • 60
  • 15
  • 45

What should you use to clean your toothbrush after brushing?

  • mouthwash
  • tap water
  • dishwashing detergent

How did some ancient civilizations clean their teeth 5,000 years ago?

  • rocks
  • stones
  • chew sticks

What is the ingredient in toothpaste that prevents cavities?

  • flouride
  • whitening gel
  • detergent

How does fluoride stop or reverse the tooth decay process?

  • It keeps the tooth enamel strong by preventing the loss of important minerals.
  • It serves as a rinse for fresh breath.
  • It helps with the digestive process.

True or False: Using electric toothbrushes can help motivate a person to brush his/her teeth.

  • True
  • False

Which of these activities are NOT part of the most important things you should do for good oral health?

  • flossing
  • brushing
  • whitening teeth

True or False: Brushing with long horizontal strokes along the gumline can lead to abrasions.

  • True
  • False

Gum disease is a major risk factor for developing which of these health conditions?

  • diabetes
  • arthritis
  • psoriasis

True or False: It's fine to brush your teeth four times a day.

  • True
  • False

True or False: Large toothbrush heads are ideal for cleaning back teeth.

  • True
  • False

True or False: Brushing your tongue helps prevent bad breath.

  • True
  • False

Fluoride is found in approximately what percentage of fluids like water, soft drinks and juice in the United States?

  • 25
  • 75
  • 50

True or False: You can keep your toothbrush in closed containers.

  • True
  • False

True or False: Manual and electric toothbrushes are equally good for people with disabilites.

  • True
  • False