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

  • less than 1 minute
  • 1 to 2 minutes
  • 2 to 3 minutes

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

  • 45 degrees
  • 90 degrees
  • 180 degrees

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

  • inner surfaces of both upper and lower teeth
  • the chewing surfaces of all upper and lower teeth
  • the tongue
  • none of the above

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

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

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

  • sensitive teeth
  • receding gums
  • tooth and gum abrasion
  • all of the above

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

  • short, gentle circles
  • long, back and forth strokes
  • rapid up-and-down strokes

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

  • 12 months
  • 24 months
  • 36 months

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

  • an assessment of your child's risk of developing cavities
  • a review of habits, such as dietary and sucking
  • a family medical history
  • all of the above

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
  • false

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

  • the risk is equal
  • five times greater
  • ten times greater

True or false: All bristles are created equal.

  • true
  • false

Why is it important to keep baby teeth healthy?

  • Healthy baby teeth guide permanent adult teeth into position.
  • Healthy baby teeth help children speak clearly.
  • Healthy baby teeth help children chew/eat.
  • all of the above

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

  • 6 months
  • 2 years
  • 5 years

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

  • Allow your child to observe you or other family members brush their teeth.
  • Schedule a visit to the dentist.
  • Give positive reinforcement when your child brushes without fuss.
  • all of the above

How do pediatric dentists differ from general dentists?

  • Pediatric dentists complete additional training to treat all members of the family, infants and grandparents alike.
  • Pediatric dentists treat only kids, from infancy through adolescence.
  • There is no difference.

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

  • 3
  • 5
  • 8

When does a baby's first tooth appear?

  • by the baby's first birthday
  • by the baby's second birthday
  • by the baby's third birthday

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

  • one-quarter
  • one-third
  • one-half

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

  • head
  • arm
  • whole body

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

  • flossing, fluoride, once-a-year visits to the dentist and a healthy diet
  • flossing, fluoride, twice-yearly visits to the dentist and a healthy diet
  • flossing, fluoride and twice-yearly visits to the dentist