Fishers Area Dentist Shares Brushing Trivia: Do You Know the Answers?

When it comes to brushing your teeth, do you know everything you need to? Here are some fun trivia questions to test your brushing knowledge.
Q: What Angle Should You Hold Your Toothbrush?
Always brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle for the best results.
Q: What Motion Should be Used to Brush the Teeth?
The best way to brush your teeth is in a circular motion.
Q: Can Brushing too Hard Cause Damage to the Gums?
Brushing improperly can lead to receding gums, but more importantly, it can cause damage to your tooth’s enamel.
Q: How Long Should You Brush Your Teeth?
It is important that you brush your teeth at least twice per day, or after every meal for at least two minutes each time. Most people brush their teeth for only 45 seconds each time which isn’t nearly long enough. If you brush your teeth four minutes per day, you will brush for 76 days over your lifetime. That’s a lot of brushing! In addition, it is estimated that 20 gallons of toothpaste will be used during your life.
Q: What Kind of Toothbrush Should You Buy?
Only purchase a soft-bristled toothbrush that is approved by the ADA. Avoid any medium or hard-bristled brushes.
Q: When was the First Bristled Toothbrush Created?
For Extra Credit, Tell us Where it was Made?
The first bristled toothbrush was created in 1498. The country of origin was China. 
Q: What is the Hardest Substance in the Body?
Your enamel is the hardest part of the body, but it can be easily damaged. You need to take care of your enamel with proper brushing and flossing each day. Otherwise, you could end up with cracked, chipped or decaying teeth. 
Wasn’t that fun? How many of the answers did you get right? If you are taking proper care of your teeth with brushing twice a day, then you are probably being diligent about visiting your Fishers are dentist twice a year as well. These steps will help keep your mouth healthy and happy for the rest of your life.