Maintaining healthy teeth seems simple enough. Most people understand they have to brush and floss a minimum of two times per day, rinse with mouthwash and visit the dentist at least once every six months. Yet there is plenty more to oral health.
Take the quiz below to determine if you are doing what it takes to maintain healthy teeth.
Healthy Teeth True or False Quiz
True or False: Brushing the teeth with vigor is the best way to ensure a thorough clean.
On the surface, this statement seems true, yet brushing with ample force is actually bad for the teeth. Apply a gentle motion while brushing, use a brush with soft bristles and use minimal pressure.
True or False: Oral irrigators are not a sufficient substitute for flossing.
Oral irrigators are excellent for removing those annoying food bits that cling to orthodontic braces. However, oral irrigators are ineffective at removing plaque. There is no excuse to use an oral irrigator as a substitute for flossing or brushing.
True or False: Brushing and flossing the teeth after each meal is necessary to stop the formation of cavities and gum disease.
Most people assume this statement is true. While it certainly cannot hurt to clean the teeth after each meal, doing so is not absolutely necessary. In general, brushing and flossing two times per day will suffice. If you are insistent on cleaning your teeth after each meal, wait at least half an hour so you do not damage your tooth enamel.
Answer: Partially false
True or False: It is necessary to pull the floss between the teeth and snap it against the gums.
The proper way to floss is to tightly place the floss along the sides of the teeth, slide it up toward the upper edge and move it back down below the gum line. Snapping the floss against the gums is never a good idea. If you find the spaces between your teeth are especially tight, opt for a variety of floss that is coated with wax for extra lubrication.
True or False: The use of a mouth rinse will help in removing debris and food particles that your floss and toothbrush cannot reach.
Mouth rinse really does assist in the elimination of oral debris prior to and following brushing. However, the use of mouth rinse is not a substitute for a thorough flossing and brushing each morning and evening.
True or False: If a patient’s parents have lost their teeth due to gum disease or tooth decay, he or she will also follow suit.
Genetics certainly play a role in healthy teeth yet your actions can prevent oral health problems. In the end, healthy teeth hinge on your willingness to clean your teeth, visit the dentist at the appropriate intervals and eat the right foods.
Request an appointment in our Rancho Santa Margarita dental office here: https://www.arboursdentistry.com. Call us at (949) 303-1307 for more information on dental health from Arbours Aesthetic Dentistry.
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