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Toddlers and Fluoride Quiz
by Staff
You know that brushing with fluoride toothpaste is an important part of keeping your smile healthy and white, but is fluoride safe to use on your toddler's teeth?

True or False: You should begin brushing your child's teeth with a fluoride toothpaste as soon as you see the first baby tooth break through his or her gums.

  • True
  • False

What are the three forms of fluoride approved by the FDA for use in toothpaste?

  • stannous fluoride, sodium fluoride and sodium monofluorophosphate
  • hydrofluoric acid, fluorine and fluorochloro hydrocarbons
  • hydrogen fluoride, calcium fluoride and sulfur hexafluoride

What should you use to clean the teeth and gums of infants and very young children?

  • a soft toothbrush and plain water
  • a specially formulated training toothpaste
  • an American Dental Association-approved fluoride toothpaste

How much fluoride toothpaste should you use for children between the ages of 2 and 6?

  • about a teaspoon
  • a generous strip extending from one tip of the brush to the other
  • a small pea-sized amount

What is dental fluorosis?

  • a dental treatment that cleans the teeth with high-powered streams of fluoride
  • discoloration of the teeth that occurs when young children ingest too much fluoride
  • another term for dental floss

Fluoride exists naturally in nearly all water sources. What fluoride level does the American Dental Association (ADA) recommend for drinking water?

  • less than .1 parts per million
  • between 1.2 and 2.7 parts per million
  • between .7 and 1.2 parts per million

For whom does the American Dental Association recommend fluoride supplements?

  • children between the ages of 3 and 16 with low levels of fluoride in their drinking water
  • children of all ages, regardless of their drinking water source
  • all children younger than 2, since they don't get it in their toothpaste

What should you do if your child occasionally swallows all of the toothpaste used to brush his or her teeth?

  • Don't panic! Although it's best to avoid overconsumption of fluoride, a mouthful of toothpaste here and there shouldn't cause too much damage.
  • Call the National Poison Control Center.
  • Stop brushing until your child is old enough to keep from swallowing, usually around age 6 or 7.

True or False: In rare and extreme cases, fluoride poisoning can be fatal.

  • True
  • False

What are some common symptoms of a fluoride overdose?

  • itching, rash and fever
  • nausea, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea
  • headache and blurred vision

What should you do if you suspect your child may have ingested too much fluoride, whether from a tube of toothpaste, a fluoride rinse or any other source?

  • Call the National Poison Control Center right away.
  • Wait a few hours and watch for symptoms to develop.
  • Call the pediatrician's office in the morning.

In addition to toothpaste and drinking water, fluoride is commonly found in which foods?

  • fresh fruits
  • fruit juices, sodas, baked goods, meat products, snacks and baby foods
  • fresh dairy products

Where does fluoride come from?

  • fluorine mines deep in the Amazon rainforest
  • water, soil and rocks throughout the Earth's crust
  • the meteorite Fluoron

According to the American Dental Association, why should children under the age of 6 NOT use a fluoride mouth rinse?

  • they tend to spill it all over the sink
  • they may accidentally swallow the rinse
  • they don't need protection from fluoride

How does the fluoride in toothpaste help to prevent tooth decay and cavities?

  • by protecting teeth from acid and repairing areas that are already damaged by acids
  • by forming a water-resistant seal around the teeth
  • by engaging in loud and heated battles against the invading "cavity creeps"

True or False: Breastfeeding mothers should take fluoride supplements to ensure that their infants receive adequate fluoride.

  • True
  • False

When should children make their first visit to the dentist?

  • age 1
  • age 3
  • age 7

People are at risk of developing dental fluorosis until what age?

  • age 2
  • age 8
  • fluorosis can occur at any age

What is the recommended daily fluoride intake for children?

  • 4 milligrams
  • .05 milligrams per kilogram of body weight
  • 10 milligrams

How much fluoride is too much for a child?

  • more than .4 milligrams per day
  • anything above .10 milligrams per kilogram of body weight per day
  • more than 1 milligram per day