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Brush Up on Healthy Teeth: Take This Healthy Smile Quiz

Posted under Dentistry for Children on February 22nd, 2012 | No Comments
Brush Up on Healthy Teeth Take This Healthy Smile Quiz

Dr. Ann offers the following fun quiz to test the parents’ general oral care knowledge.

Learn more about keeping your child’s teeth healthy with this true or false quiz.

  1. T or F All children older than 6 months should receive a fluoride supplement every day.
  2. T or F Parents should start cleaning their child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth appears.
  3. T or F Parents should start brushing their child’s teeth with toothpaste that contains fluoride at age 3.
  4. T or F Children younger than 6 years should use enough toothpaste with fluoride to cover the toothbrush.
  5. T or F Parents should brush their child’s teeth twice a day until the child can handle the toothbrush alone.
  6. T or F Young children should always use fluoride mouth rinses after brushing.

ANSWERS

  1. False. Parents of a child older than 6 months should discuss with your child’s doctor or dentist about your child’s specific fluoride needs.
  2. True. Start cleaning as soon as the first tooth appears. Wipe teeth every day with a clean, damp cloth. Switch to a small, soft toothbrush as more teeth come in.
  3. False. Parents should start using toothpaste with fluoride to brush their child’s teeth at age 2. Toothpaste with fluoride may be used earlier if the child’s doctor or dentist recommends it.
  4. False. Young children should use only a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
  5. True. Children usually do not have the skill to brush their teeth well until around age 4 or 5. Parents should brush their young child’s teeth thoroughly twice a day until the child can handle the toothbrush alone.
  6. False. Fluoride mouth rinses have a high concentration of fluoride. Children younger than 6 years should not use fluoride mouth rinses unless the child’s doctor or dentist recommends it.