Best Brushing and Flossing Practices: A Quiz

Keeping your smile clean and healthy relies on your commitment to consistent preventive dentistry. But what does that include exactly? First, you will need to visit us once every six months for a dental cleaning and checkup. This will allow us to remove plaque that you miss during your home hygiene, while taking a closer look at your health that we will monitor over time. Speaking of your home habits – did you know that effective brushing and flossing offer you exceptional protection against tooth decay and gum disease? Learn more about best practices to make sure you’re getting the most out of your daily hygiene with the following dental quiz:

Brushing and Flossing Quiz: True or False

  1. True or False: In addition to visiting us for a dental cleaning and checkup, it is important to brush your teeth at least once a day for a healthy smile.
  2. True or False: It does not matter how long you brush your teeth as long as your mouth feels fresh once you finish.
  3. True or False: You should always use a soft-bristle toothbrush.
  4. True or False: You should use a piece of dental floss measuring approximately 18 inches in length when flossing your teeth.

Quiz Answer Key

  1. False. A dental cleaning and checkup are, in fact, essential. However, you need to brush your teeth at least two times a day to maintain a healthy smile and for effective plaque removal. However, we encourage patients to brush their teeth after each meal if possible. Simply rinse your mouth after you eat, wait 30 minutes, and then brush your teeth.
  2. False. You should be brushing your teeth for two minutes each time you brush. Brushing for too brief a period of time may result in missed plaque, which may then lead to tooth decay or gum disease.
  3. True. Soft bristles will effectively and gently clean your teeth without causing damage to your enamel or leading to gum sensitivity.
  4. True. This will allow you to use a clean segment of the floss as you move from one pair of teeth to the next, preventing the transfer of plaque and debris throughout your mouth.


As a native Texan, Gregory Wright, DDS, opened his private practice in Southlake, TX in 1992. He and Dr. Victoria Heron are happily accepting new patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities. To learn more, call our office today at (817) 481-7999.