Every six months, it is strongly recommended by the American Dental Associations (ADA) to have an appointment for a dental checkup and cleaning with your dentist. Additionally, you should brush your teeth twice each day. Flossing before you brush is necessary once a day to keep the cracks and crevices in your teeth clean. Of course, you probably know all of this, but are you practicing it? Try your hand at this quiz on basic brushing tips to learn more.


Q1. True or false – Each session of brushing your teeth should last five minutes.

Q2. True or false – Plaque is hardened tartar.

Q3. True or false – Brushing too hard can damage your tooth enamel.


A1. FALSE – There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. The recommended time for an ample tooth brushing session is two minutes. This may sound extremely short, but when you time yourself, you’ll see that it is a good chunk of time for getting each of the four quadrants of your teeth clean as a whistle. Brushing longer than that can damage your tooth enamel.

A2. FALSE – Plaque is the first form of a biofilm comprised of acid, germs, and food debris that likes to coat your teeth. After 48 hours of remaining on your teeth without being cleaned off, plaque begins to turn into calculus (i.e. tartar). This cement-like substance requires professional cleaning from a dental hygienist for safe removal.

A3. TRUE – Scrubbing too much or too hard on your teeth with the bristles of your toothbrush may cause you to inadvertently damage your protective tooth enamel. Enamel is an extremely hard compound and it covers the dentin of each of your teeth. When your tooth enamel is demineralized or damaged, your smile is much more susceptible to cavities.

About Brighton Family Dental Group:

Brighton Family Dental Group is located in Brighton MA. Featuring experienced dentists and an excellent range of in-office treatments, Brighton Family Dental Group is a great destination for any member of your family who is in need of dental care. Patients can schedule an appointment or a consultation with Dr. Thomas Villani by calling (617) 562-5210.