The Toothbrush Quiz

Toothbrushes are handy tools that can successfully and effectively clean your smile on a regular basis. But there are a lot of things you might not know about toothbrushes in Ridgefield, Washington, so our Smiles Dental team encourages you to test your knowledge by taking this toothbrush quiz:

Question No. 1: Should you use a toothbrush with soft bristles or hard bristles?
Answer: You should always use a soft-bristled toothbrush, unless your dentist tells you otherwise. A hard-bristled toothbrush won’t effectively clean your smile and it can also harm the gums, which is why it’s best to use a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Question No. 2: Are electric toothbrushes more effective than manual toothbrushes?
Answer: No, electric toothbrushes don’t clean the teeth any better than manual toothbrushes. Your preference is all that matters when you are deciding between the two tools. However, if an electric toothbrush motivates you to brush more, then you should choose that brush.

Question No. 3: When should you replace your toothbrush?
Answer: It’s strongly recommended to replace your toothbrush every three to four months or after your toothbrush bristles have been worn out and frayed.

Question No. 4: True or false: The toothbrush was selected as the number one invention that Americans could not live without.
Answer: True. The toothbrush was voted as the most important tool and accessory for Americans. It even beat the automobile and personal computer.

Question No. 5: What was the first toothbrush made out of?
Answer: The first toothbrush was made by embedding hog hairs into ivory, bone, or bamboo handles.

For more information and details about toothbrushes, please call our office today at 360.727.6976 and talk to a member of our dental team. We also invite you to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Ken Killpack, if you would like to know which type of toothbrush is best for your teeth and gums. We are happy to help you!