Brushing Up on Healthy Teeth

Keeping your teeth healthy sounds simple: Brush and floss after every meal and see your dentist twice a year. The trouble is, simple as that sounds, you may need to know more. It's not that dental health is hard; it's easy. But give this true-false quiz a try to see just how much you know about keeping your teeth their brightest, whitest, and healthiest.

1. You must brush and floss your teeth after every meal to prevent gum disease and cavities.
2. Brushing your teeth with an up-and-down or side-to-side motion cleans your teeth most effectively.
3. You can floss your teeth by simply placing the floss between your teeth and pulling it through.
4. Toothbrushes with angled heads and bilevel bristles are better than those with straight handles and unilevel bristles.
5. Motorized toothbrushes clean your teeth better than manual brushes.
6. Brushing too much can cause your gums to recede.
7. Along with brushing and flossing, use a dental rinse to remove plaque.
8. Toothpastes that contain baking soda and hydrogen peroxide can help reduce plaque acids that are the byproducts of plaque bacteria.
9. You should see your dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings.
10. If your parents lost all their teeth to tooth decay or gum disease, you will, too.