Ultimate Teeth-brushing Benefits for Health Quiz
by Staff
Think brushing your teeth is boring? You might be a lot more interested once you realize how important a clean mouth is to your overall health. Take our quiz to find out how dental-savvy you really are.

Toothbrushes come with different types of bristles. Which type do most dentists recommend?

  • soft
  • medium
  • firm

How does bacteria in your mouth enter the blood stream?

  • cavities
  • swallowing
  • bleeding gums

What severe form of gum disease affects the ligaments and bones of the jaw?

  • halitosis
  • periodontitis
  • gingivitis

What potential side effect will tobacco have on your oral health?

  • throat cancer
  • tooth discoloration
  • both

How many times a day, at minimum, should you brush your teeth?

  • once
  • twice
  • every time you eat

How often should you replace your toothbrush?

  • every three or four months
  • once a month
  • twice a year

After what type of food or drink should you wait 30 minutes before brushing?

  • fatty
  • salty
  • acidic

How much dental floss should you use when flossing?

  • 12 inches (30 centimeters)
  • 18 inches (46 centimeters)
  • 24 inches (61 centimeters)

Children should not use fluoride-based dental products before what age?

  • 3
  • 5
  • 7

Foods rich in what element help make your teeth stronger?

  • potassium
  • zinc
  • calcium

Poor oral hygiene can lead to what consequence for pregnant women?

  • early delivery
  • low-birth-weight baby
  • both

When was modern dental floss invented?

  • 1815
  • 1894
  • 1923

The most popular toothpaste flavor is mint, since it helps freshen breath. What other ailment can mint help cure?

  • warts
  • dry eyes
  • stomachache

Poor oral hygiene can aggravate which illness?

  • scoliosis
  • diabetes
  • rheumatism

Sjogren's syndrome affects what part of the body?

  • moisture-producing glands
  • sinuses
  • taste buds

Which of these is NOT part of a tooth?

  • pulp
  • dentine
  • bone

"Dental caries" is another name for what?

  • cavity
  • cotton mouth
  • lockjaw

Left untreated, plaque hardens into what substance?

  • enamel
  • calculus
  • thrush

Before toothpaste, tooth powder was king. Which ingredient was NOT found in early tooth powders?

  • egg shells
  • animal horns
  • gravel

Which sweet treat can actually improve your oral health?

  • gum
  • breath mints
  • licorice