Take Our National Toothbrush Day Quiz
Do you have June 26 saved in your calendar? Probably not, or at least not for National Toothbrush Day. But that’s when our team will be celebrating this oddball but important holiday. After all, brushing your teeth can directly improve your oral and overall health.
For this annual holiday, we’ve created a quiz for you to test your toothbrush knowledge. See how you do below.
True or false:
- The larger the toothbrush, the better your teeth will get clean.
- Keep your toothbrush in a travel container for protection.
- Electric toothbrushes work better than manual toothbrushes.
- You should still go to the dentist regularly even if you brush your teeth diligently.
- Clean your toothbrush by making sure you rinse it after you brush.
- Use soft-bristled toothbrushes only.
- You and family members can share toothbrushes if you are not sick.
- Replace your toothbrush once a year.
- Brush your teeth two or more times a day for one minute.
- Brush your teeth straight across.
- You don’t have to use fluoride toothpaste every time you brush.
Now, check your answers:
- False. A large toothbrush can be uncomfortable. It may not be able to get into crevices between your teeth as well, either. Stick to a toothbrush that fits comfortably in your mouth.
- False. Most travel toothbrush containers don’t have great ventilation. That means your toothbrush may not dry well. A wet toothbrush is a harboring ground for bacteria. It’s best to keep your toothbrush in a container like a cup where it can air out. Keeping it upright helps any lingering water drip down, away from the bristles.
- False. If you brush well and often, an electric toothbrush vs. a manual toothbrush isn’t a big deal. A caveat: If you have trouble using your hands, perhaps from arthritis, an electric toothbrush can help you brush better. Many of our patients like electric options because it incentivizes them to brush more often. The settings can also help you brush properly, especially the timer for each quadrant.
- True. Research shows that brushing and flossing well does prevent disease and decay. It also helps prevent cancer and tooth infection. However, all these problems are still possible for even the most diligent brushers among us. Sometimes, genetics plays a role in oral health problems. We are trained to look for these problems when symptoms aren’t even apparent to you yet. Twice yearly is a great rule of thumb for preventive dental visits. That’s also the number most insurance plans cover, so be sure to schedule your checkup soon if you haven’t had yours yet this year. You might be able to squeeze your next one in by end of year.
- True. Rinse your toothbrush for several seconds to make sure you get off all excess toothpaste. Then store it per our suggestions above. On occasion, you can soak your toothbrush in antibacterial mouthwash or a mixture of baking soda, distilled vinegar, and water.
- True. Even though many people think harder bristles clean better, there is no difference. In fact, medium to hard bristles can be uncomfortable and even cause gum damage. Avoid gum recession and treatment for it by choosing soft bristles. Let our office handle the deeper cleanings twice yearly.
- False. Bacteria and viruses can linger on toothbrushes. So even if you aren’t feeling sick, you could still pass along illnesses through your toothbrush. If you get sick with any kind of respiratory illness (e.g., a cold), be sure to replace your toothbrush afterward.
- False. If your toothbrush starts getting frayed before a year, it’s time to replace it. A frayed toothbrush is an ineffective toothbrush. What’s the point of that? For less than five bucks, you can help ensure your healthy, clean smile. Usually, a good guideline is to replace it about every three or four months, depending on how often you brush and how aggressive you are. (Don’t be too aggressive or you could cause gum recession!)
- False. You should brush at least twice a day. But one minute isn’t enough for a thorough cleaning. Be sure to brush at least two minutes every time. Make sure not to miss any quadrants (front, back, top/bottom).
- False. Circular motions cover more surface area and help you get between cracks and in grooves. It’s similar to cleaning a car, for example.
- False. Research from the FDA, the American Dental Association, and other reputable sources proves that fluoride toothpaste prevents cavities. Fluoride is a mineral, and so are your teeth. By remineralizing them, you are strengthening them and helping prevent decay.
We hope you learned a few useful tidbits. If you have any questions about anything related to your toothbrush or your smile, we’re willing to answer them. We always take time to help our patients get better smiles through educating them. You never have to worry that your question is unimportant or “stupid.”
Have a great National Toothbrush Day!