Do You Really Know How to Pick Out a Toothbrush?

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So you think picking out a toothbrush is as simple as choosing between the lime green or the navy one? Picking and using the right toothbrush plays a major role in maintaing good oral health.

Which of these types of toothbrushes are better for your teeth?

Soft bristle brushes are better because they are least likely to irritate the gums and damage enamel.

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Exactly how long should you brush your teeth?

To get the best cleaning, you should brush your teeth for two minutes. If necessary, use a stopwatch to time yourself.

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The first nylon bristle toothbrush was introduced in what year?

The first "modern" nylon bristle toothbrush that is still used today was introduced in 1938.

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How often do you replace a disposable toothbrush or electric toothbrush head?

Experts advise you to replace your toothbrush every three months or when it shows signs of wear.

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To get a proper cleaning when brushing, you don't need to pay special attention to your tooth fillings.

You definitely need to pay special attention to your teeth fillings to make sure you're brushing them properly too.

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If you wear braces, you should brush your teeth at what degree angle?

People with braces should brush their teeth at a 45 degree angle in a back-and-forth motion.

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What should you use to clean your toothbrush after brushing?

Tap water should be used to rinse your toothbrush after your brush to remove debris.

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How did some ancient civilizations clean their teeth 5,000 years ago?

People used "chew sticks" or thin twigs with frayed edges, to rub against their teeth to get them clean.

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What is the ingredient in toothpaste that prevents cavities?

When choosing toothpaste, make sure it contains fluoride, which is the ingredient that prevents cavities.

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How does fluoride stop or reverse the tooth decay process?

Fluoride stops the decay process by keeping the tooth enamel strong and preventing the loss of important minerals from enamel.

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True or False: Using electric toothbrushes can help motivate a person to brush his/her teeth.

Some people find electric toothbrushes fun or different to use, therefore increasing their chances of regularly brushing.

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Which of these activities are NOT part of the most important things you should do for good oral health?

Brushing and flossing are the most important things that you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

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True or False: Brushing with long horizontal strokes along the gumline can lead to abrasions.

Aim for brushing your teeth up and down -- not across -- for best results.

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Gum disease is a major risk factor for developing which of these health conditions?

Gum disease is a major risk factor for developing diabetes.

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True or False: It's fine to brush your teeth four times a day.

Brushing more than three times is bit much and could expose the root of your tooth to irritation.

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True or False: Large toothbrush heads are ideal for cleaning back teeth.

Actually, you need a small toothbrush head to clean back teeth.

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True or False: Brushing your tongue helps prevent bad breath.

A good way to prevent bad breath is to make sure you brush your tongue.

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Fluoride is found in approximately what percentage of fluids like water, soft drinks and juice in the United States?

Fluoride is found in approximately 75 percent of liquids like water, soft drinks and juice in the U.S.

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True or False: You can keep your toothbrush in closed containers.

Moist environments like those found in closed containers are conducive for growing microorganisms that are bad for your toothbrush.

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True or False: Manual and electric toothbrushes are equally good for people with disabilites.

People with mobility limitations find electric toothbrushes easier to use.

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