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How to Get Plaque Off Children's Teeth Quiz
by Staff
Good dental hygiene is important for kids and adults, but avoiding plaque buildup can be especially challenging with youngsters. Do you understand the dangers of plaque and the methods you can choose to keep your kid's smile healthy?

True or False: Plaque is no more harmful to toddlers than adults.

  • True. Teeth are teeth.
  • False. The enamel on a toddler’s teeth is thinner than that of adults.

As time goes on, plaque turns into this hardened substance.

  • Enamel
  • Calcium
  • Tartar

How many teeth does your child need before you should begin flossing?

  • Four
  • Two, if they're side by side
  • A full set

True or False: You don’t need to concern yourself with plaque until your child has teeth.

  • True. That’s a no-brainer isn’t it?
  • False. Rubbing your baby’s gums with a wash cloth can get him or her accustomed to the routine which will later prevent plaque buildup.

This type of toothbrush is best for small children.

  • Hard-bristled
  • Medium-bristled
  • Soft-bristled

You can floss your child’s teeth if you:

  • sedate him
  • place him on your lap
  • threaten him

Most children won’t be able to floss effectively until this age.

  • 8 or 9
  • 3 or 4
  • 38 or 39

Why are songs helpful when kids are brushing their teeth?

  • The vibration of humming loosens plaque.
  • You can easily jam a brush in their mouths when they’re singing.
  • By having them hum a set number of stanzas, you insure that they brush for the necessary two minutes.

It may take coaxing and a little bit of this to help keep your children’s teeth clean.

  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • A cattle prod
  • Creativity

True or False: If your child brushes and flosses regularly, dental visits will not be necessary.

  • True. You can save the money.
  • False. You should still take your child to see the dentist.

True or False: Your degree of involvement in your child’s dental hygiene should remain constant throughout their youth.

  • True. Their teeth will always be important.
  • False. Like anything else, children need less help with dental hygiene as they mature.

Aside from music, these devices can also be helpful during brushing.

  • Chisels
  • Timers
  • Picks

If you notice white specks or a brown stain on your child's permanent teeth, this could be a sign of what?

  • Neurosis
  • Fluorosis
  • Ketosis

True or False: Plaque can do its dirty work a lot faster in a toddler’s mouth.

  • True. Because the enamel is thinner on a baby tooth, plaque can destroy it faster.
  • False. Plaque is the same regardless of where it takes root.

Plaque is made of tiny food particles and what else?

  • Viruses
  • Free radicals
  • Bacteria

True or False: Tartar can be easily removed.

  • True. It just takes regular work.
  • False. It usually has to be scraped off by a dentist.

The minimum amount of time your child should brush is:

  • Two minutes
  • Thirty seconds
  • Fifteen minutes

Plaque buildup can lead to this type of gum disease:

  • Hepatitis
  • Halitosis
  • Gingivitis

The most common place for plaque to grow is:

  • In crevices
  • On the front of teeth
  • On the back of teeth

This can be used to highlight where plaque has built up in your child's mouth.

  • Dye
  • A laser
  • A black light