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Brushing Up on Healthy Teeth

Keeping your teeth healthy sounds simple: Brush and floss twice a day 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 is the best way to clean your teeth.
3. You can floss your teeth by simply putting the floss between your teeth and pulling it through.
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It all depends. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to toothbrushes. The best brush for you depends on your dental health history and the problem areas in your mouth. It also depends on the spaces between your teeth, how well you can move the toothbrush, and even how big your mouth is. Check with your dentist or dental hygienist if you have questions about what type of toothbrush to use. In any case use a brush with soft bristles, say the experts.
4. Motorized toothbrushes clean your teeth better than manual brushes.
5. Brushing too much can harm your gums.
6. You should use a dental rinse along with brushing and flossing to remove plaque.
7. Toothpastes that contain baking soda and hydrogen peroxide can help reduce plaque acids made by plaque bacteria.
8. You should see your dentist twice a year for checkups and cleanings.
9. If your parents lost all their teeth to tooth decay or gum disease, you will too.
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