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