Kids and Brushing Quiz

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Kids and Brushing Quiz
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Do you know the necessities of premium dental hygiene are? They start from the time we are teething toddlers to our aging elder years.
At what milestone does oral hygiene become important?
right after birth
Believe it or not, bacteria can accumulate on toothless baby gums. To keep them squeaky clean, parents should run a clean, damp washcloth over baby's gums after mealtime.
once teeth start poking through the gums
after permanent teeth have started coming in

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At what age should kids head to the dentist for the first time?
1
The American Dental Association suggests that your child's first cleaning should take place by his first birthday. It won't be as rigorous as later appointments, but this visit will help the dentist identify possible future problems.
3
5

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How long should the average teeth-brushing session last?
30 seconds
60 seconds on the top, 60 seconds on the bottom
This rule is the same for both kids and adults. Brushing the top and bottom of your teeth for one minute each should be plenty to rid your choppers of cavity-causing bacteria and plaque. Be sure to floss, too!
an hour

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Once your kid can hold a toothbrush, you can turn him loose to develop his teeth-brushing skills.
True: It's not too difficult, right?
False: Most kids just aren't that thorough.
Parents have to take the brushing lead until at least their kid's 5th or 6th birthday. Children just don't have the motor skills and patience to do a thorough job!
Maybe: It depends if you think your kid can handle it.

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Kids should brush thoroughly after consuming which of the following?
sugary snacks and drinks
You should definitely give your teeth a good scrubbing after downing candy or any other sugary substance, but you need to avoid the toothbrush for at least an hour after munching on citrus fruits. Citrus is highly acidic, and because acid weakens your enamel, you can actually brush away your teeth's protective covering if you pick up your toothbrush too soon!
citrus fruits
both of the above

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When it comes to toothbrushes, bigger is better.
True: Purchase the biggest one you can!
False: Kids should have pint-sized toothbrushes to fit their small mouths.
If a brush is too big for a child's mouth, it becomes much harder to use. Stick with an age-appropriate brush for best results.
Neither: It doesn't matter. A toothbrush is a toothbrush.

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How much toothpaste should the typical child's brush have on it?
a pea-sized amount
You don't have to break the toothpaste bank to be effective. A pea-sized portion is all a kid needs.
a nickel-sized squeeze
a huge blob

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You should avoid brushing your teeth after:
drinking water
kissing
swimming
Chlorine sanitizes pools, but it also weakens your enamel, which serves as your teeth's protective layer. Wait at least an hour to brush after taking a dip to ensure your enamel isn't removed with the plaque you scrub of your teeth.

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When should you brush your teeth?
after eating sugary substances
when you wake up and before you go to bed
both of the above
You need to brush after snacking on sugary treats, when you wake up and before you go to bed. It sounds like a lot of brushing, but your teeth can get wrecked from all the bacteria, sugar and other gunk that accumulates during the day and overnight.

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How should toothbrush bristles be angled to have the best effect on your pearly whites?
away from the gum line
toward the gum line
When brushing the outside of your teeth, angle the bristles toward the gum line to get the best clean possible.
a little bit of both

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How can you make sure you're brushing your teeth long enough?
Count silently in your head.
Use a kitchen or any other type ot timer.
Kids especially find it tough to grasp the concept of time, often mistaking 20 seconds for two minutes. However, a pre-set kitchen timer, stopwatch or any other type of timing device can fix that problem easily enough!
You should just guestimate it.

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When should kids make flossing part of their dental ritual?
They have two teeth that are touching.
Unbelievable as it sounds, even tiny tots should floss once a day after two teeth come in that are touching each other. Of course, Mom or Dad will have to handle the floss.
All their baby teeth have come in.
Whenever they don't run screaming from the room.

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What parts of your mouth need to be brushed?
teeth
tongue
both of the above
Everyone knows that teeth need to be brushed, but don't forget their neighbor, the tongue! Bacteria builds up quickly on the tongue's surface, which can result in some pretty stinky breath.

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People that brush regularly can occasionally skip a trip to the dentist.
True: Your teeth are clean enough!
False: The dentist has his own bag of tricks to protect your teeth.
Nothing takes the place of a professional cleaning, thanks to fluoride treatments, cavity-spotting X-rays and excellent equipment. Twice yearly visits are recommended.
Maybe: You should go if you've had cavities in the past.

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How long should I keep my toothbrush?
three months
until after you recover from a cold
both of the above
Toothbrushes tend to break down after about three months or so. Make sure to toss yours after a cold or virus because bacteria can live in bristles and possibly make you suffer the same illness twice.

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Fluoride is:
a toxin
a helpful additive in toothpaste and tap water
both of the above
Yep, fluoride is both a toxin and an additive to toothpaste and drinking water. Don't worry too much, however, as the chemical has been proven to help strengthen teeth, and the amount that's added to toothpaste and tap water is minimal. Most agree that there are no serious health risks associated with the fluoride we consume.

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What are the common symptoms of gingivitis?
inflamed and bleeding gums
Plaque buildup causes gums to become swollen and inflamed. Regular brushing and flossing should keep plaque under control, but regular visits to the dentist will dramatically lesson your chances of contracting gingivitis.
cavities
an intense fear of toothpaste

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Which of the following is worst for your teeth?
eating a big lunch full of cavity-causing sugar and carbohydrates
drinking sugary beverages all day long
Drinking sugary beverages all day is much worse for your teeth than the occasional snack or meal or even having a soda before bed. Continuous contact with sugar creates a haven for bacteria, which could damage your teeth.
having a sugary beverage right before bedtime

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American adults get fewer cavities than kids.
True: Adults are better at brushing and flossing.
False: Kids get fewer cavities.
Adults may need to start taking dental hygiene pointers from kids if this trend continues. Not only have do children have less cavities than adults on average, but tooth decay in older, school-aged kids has been cut in half over the past two decades!
Neither: They're about the same.

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Kids and adults don't need to see the dentist unless they feel cavity pain.
True: Cavities hurt!
False: Small cavities are often picked up only by X-ray.
Early-stage cavities are usually revealed only at dental appointments. If left untreated, these little cavities can quickly turn into painful problems for your teeth. Ouch!
Who knows? Every person is different.

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