Brusha, brusha, brusha! How to Teach Children to Brush Their Teeth Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

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Do you have good oral hygiene habits, and do you know how to teach them to your kids? Test your toothbrushing skills and baby teeth knowledge in our quiz.

How long should it take for you to brush your teeth, every time you brush?

Brush for 2 to 3 minutes. To be sure you don't over or under brush, set a timer or brush along to one of your favorite songs.

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At what angle is it recommended you hold your toothbrush when brushing your teeth?

Angle the brush at 45 degrees, with bristles against the gumline as you brush.

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Which of the following sections of your mouth can you ignore during daily brushing?

All of these sections of your mouth, including your tongue, should be brushed every day.

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How many times a day is it recommended you brush your teeth?

Brush your teeth twice every day, preferably in the morning and before bed. More than three times in one day may introduce abrasion and recession problems.

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Which of the following oral health problems can be caused by brushing too hard?

Brushing too hard can lead to oral health problems instead of a sparkling smile. Brush lightly with a soft toothbrush, and brush no more than three times a day.

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Which is the best brushing technique for removing sticky plaque from teeth?

Use short, gentle circles, cleaning just one or two teeth at a time to remove plaque.

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At what age do health professionals recommend you schedule your child's first dentist visit?

Dentists and pediatricians alike recommend that all children have their first visit to the dentist by the time they reach their first birthday.

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Which of the following can you and your child expect to happen at your child's first dental visit?

Your child's first visit to the dentist should be thorough, including an oral health assessment and a family medical history.

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True or false: The best way to give your infant good oral health care at home is to begin taking steps before the first tooth erupts.

True. Even before your child has teeth to brush, wiping your infant's gums with a soft cloth and water can help to keep them clean.

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How much greater is the risk of developing cavities over asthma during childhood?

The risk for developing cavities is five times greater than that of developing asthma during early childhood.

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True or false: All bristles are created equal.

False. Help your child select a soft-bristled brush, sized appropriately for your child's age.

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Why is it important to keep baby teeth healthy?

Despite the fact that they are designed to fall out, keeping your baby's teeth healthy is an important part of keeping your baby healthy overall.

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At what age should children begin to use a fluoridated toothpaste?

Dentists recommend children begin using a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste at age 2.

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What is a successful way to help an unwilling child cooperate at tooth-brushing time?

All of these are ways to help a reluctant child try to learn proper tooth-brushing techniques without anxiety.

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How do pediatric dentists differ from general dentists?

Pediatric dentists complete an additional two years of residency to focus on child-specific dental needs.

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At about what age will your child's full set of baby teeth be grown?

Typically, kids have a fully grown set of baby teeth -- 20 teeth in total -- by the age of 3.

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When does a baby's first tooth appear?

Most parents see their baby's first tooth appear between 6 months of age and baby's first birthday.

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What percentage of kids ages 6 to 8 have untreated tooth decay?

One-third of American kids ages 6 to 8 have untreated cavities.

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When brushing your child's teeth, it's important to support what part of their body?

Regardless of whether your child is sitting, standing or lying down while you brush, be sure to support your child's head to avoid gagging or choking.

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In addition to twice-a-day brushing, proper preventative oral care for your child should include which of the following?

Flossing, fluoride, twice-yearly visits to the dentist and a healthy diet are all part of a healthy smile.

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