Teeth Brushing: Not Just a Pretty Smile
by Staff
Your parents and your dentist always told you to brush your teeth, but, it turns out that your primary care physician is on the same bandwagon. Brushing your teeth is more than just good for your mouth. Take this quiz to find out the many healthy benefits that your toothbrush holds.

Brushing your teeth can reduce gum disease, a condition linked with what male health concern?

  • male pattern baldness
  • erectile dysfunction
  • prostate cancer

True or False: Brushing your teeth doesn't remove tartar.

  • TRUE

How can brushing your teeth help you lose weight?

  • You are less likely to eat after you brush your teeth.
  • Flouride in toothpaste helps break down fat in the body.
  • You drink more water after you brush your teeth.

Good oral care, like daily brushing and flossing, can help reduce the risk of what respiratory disease?

  • asthma
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
  • lung cancer

Why are diabetics more likely to get periodontal disease?

  • Insulin contains bacteria that causes gum disease.
  • Medications used to treat diabetes create oral bacteria.
  • Diabetics are more prone to infection.

How does teeth brushing help your blood circulation?

  • Brushing your teeth gets you up and moving first thing in the morning.
  • Brushing your teeth stimulates movement of your red and white blood cells.
  • Brushing your teeth reduces the risk of plaque entering the bloodstream.

Chronic gum disease and poor oral care in pregnant women is correlated to what birth conditions?

  • Babies born with low Apgar scores
  • Babies born with hearing and vision problems
  • Babies born pre-term or with low birthweights

How is teeth brushing linked to heart disease?

  • Brushing your teeth reduces cholesterol in your system.
  • Brushing your teeth stimulates blood circulation around the heart.
  • Brushing your teeth reduces a person's chance of blood clots.

True or False: Pregnant women need to suspend dental visits until after they give birth.

  • TRUE

What condition is NOT associated with good oral health like brushing, flossing and healthy gums?

  • pneumonia
  • stroke
  • rosacea

Gum disease, which can be a result of poor brushing and flossing habits, may increase the risk for what disease?

  • Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS)
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Alzheimer's Disease

For optimal health benefits, how many times a day should you brush your teeth?

  • Each time you eat something.
  • Twice a day, morning and night.
  • Five times a day.

Chronic gum disease can have what adverse effect for couples trying to conceive a baby?

  • diminshed sex drive
  • low sperm count
  • lack of egg production

Regular teeth brushing will stop the growth of plaque.

  • TRUE

Approximately how many calories does brushing your teeth burn?

  • 3,500 annually
  • 35,000 annually
  • 350,000 annually.

How does teeth brushing help fight cavities?

  • Daily brushing smooths over the cavities.
  • Brushing removes plaque that can erode tooth enamel.
  • Flouride from toothpaste fills in cavities .

When does plaque build up on our teeth?

  • 20 minutes after brushing
  • 20 minutes after eating
  • 20 minutes after falling asleep

If you brush your teeth, you won't have halitosis, or bad breath.

  • TRUE

When should women pay special attention to good teeth brushing and oral habits?

  • during menstruation
  • during pregnancy
  • during menopause
  • all of the above

Periodontal or gum disease can be caused by poor brushing and flossing habits. What is NOT a symptom of gum disease?

  • Gums that are red, swollen and can bleed.
  • Teeth that are loose, moving away from each other
  • Teeth that are yellow and stained.