Ultimate Plaque Removal Quiz
by Staff
At any given moment, a whopping 600 species of bacteria are lurking in your mouth, many of which cling to the surface of your teeth in the form of plaque. We all know the basics of how to remove plaque, but how many people actually follow their dentist's advice and floss every day? And what food can help prevent plaque if you eat it at the end of your meal? The answers may surprise you.

According to a 2008 survey, what percentage of Americans floss their teeth every day?

  • 23
  • 49
  • 78

The same 2008 survey revealed that which percentage of Americans never floss?

  • 10
  • 20
  • 30

For how long should you floss every day?

  • 1 to 2 minutes
  • 3 to 5 minutes
  • 6 to 8 minutes

How many times a year should you change your toothbrush?

  • once or twice
  • three or four times
  • every other month

Does chewing gum after meals help remove plaque from your teeth?

  • yes
  • no
  • only If it's sugarless gum

How long does it take plaque to form on your teeth?

  • three hours
  • a day
  • two days

How long before that plaque turns into tartar?

  • five days
  • a week
  • 10 days

True or false: Unwaxed dental floss is the only truly effective flossing product.

  • TRUE

Which of these drinks is most likely to stain your teeth?

  • sports drinks
  • apple juice
  • beer

Which of these foods actually helps remove plaque if you eat it after a meal?

  • bread
  • cheese
  • mint leaves