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Oral Care for Kids

Don't brush off the importance of dental care for your kids. Test your oral-health smarts with this quiz.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

When should you take children to their first dentist appointment?

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The correct answer is: By protecting your child's teeth early, it not only begins the routine of dental checkups but also can catch any problems early on. Children who had routine oral health care growing up are also shown to have better oral health practices later in life. Children's first checkup should be no later than their first birthday, but checkups should start as soon as they are consuming any food as they are now at risk for tooth decay.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

When should children first start flossing their teeth?

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The correct answer is: Even though they may not be the permanent teeth, it is still vitally important to take care of a child's baby teeth. Flossing should begin as soon as two teeth are touching. Brushing without flossing may mean that as much as 35 percent of tooth surfaces aren't getting cleaned.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

On average how many total hours are lost each year due to dental-related illnesses?

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The correct answer is: According to a U.S. Surgeon General's Report, more than 51 million hours are lost each year.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

How much more likely is tooth decay than asthma in children?

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The correct answer is: Tooth decay is the single most common, chronic childhood disease. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports tooth decay is four times more likely in children than asthma and seven times more likely than hay fever; however, with proper oral care, it's completely preventable!

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

How common is untreated tooth decay in children and adolescents?

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The correct answer is: According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), tooth decay is not only the leading chronic disease among children and adolescents, but untreated tooth decay can also be found in 19 percent of 2-19 year olds.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

If your tooth enamel is white, then your teeth are considered healthy.

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The correct answer is: Even though a tooth may look healthy, cavities or underlying tooth decay may be present. It is important to visit a dentist every six months for regular checkups to catch any problems early on and avoid more serious damage. Seventy-eight percent of Americans will have suffered from tooth decay by the time they reach adulthood.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

How much can dental sealants reduce the chance for tooth decay?

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The correct answer is: Dental sealants are applied to the grooves of your teeth, primarily the back teeth, and help reduce tooth decay by 70 percent. This helps fill any of the tiny crevices and grooves found on your chewing surfaces, which may be harder to clean. The smaller areas are a prime area where food can be easily trapped, which can lead to both cavities and tooth decay.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

What is the recommended time to thoroughly brush your teeth each time?

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The correct answer is: You should spend five to six minutes on oral care each day, brushing for two minutes after each meal. Most people only spend one-third of the suggested time. That amounts to 83.5 days of missed tooth brushing in a lifetime.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

How much toothpaste is the recommended amount for children?

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The correct answer is: Making sure your children brush their teeth thoroughly is important, but there are also some dangers if not done correctly. Supervise young children to make sure they rinse completely and don't swallow the toothpaste. Fluoride can prevent cavities but, if swallowed, can cause white spots on a child's permanent teeth. To reduce this possibility, only place a small pea size amount on their toothbrush.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

On average, how many teens brush the recommended amount?

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The correct answer is: The risk for periodontal disease goes up for adolescents and teens because of hormonal changes and because some become lazy about practicing good oral care. A 2010 Harris Interactive Survey found that the majority of teens (64 percent) said they brushed their teeth twice a day or more, as recommended by the American Dental Association. Still, more than one in three teens admitted brushing once a day or less.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

How many times a day should you brush your teeth?

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The correct answer is: Everyone should brush at least twice a day, and three times a day after breakfast, lunch and dinner is optimum. But be careful not to overdo it by brushing after snacks, too. Toothpaste contains small abrasives that help remove surface stains, and brushing too often can eventually cause harm to your gums and rub down the enamel that protects your teeth.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

How much sugar can be found in the average 12-ounce can of soda?

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The correct answer is: Watch out for soft drinks and sugar-sweetened drinks, which can increase the likelihood of cavities. Each 12-ounce can of soda contains 8-10 teaspoons (40.5 grams) of sugar. These beverages now account for 10-15 percent of the calories consumed by children and adolescents, and having just one 12-ounce drink a day adds up to 32 pounds of sugar in a year.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

What increased risk of enamel erosion can teens suffer if they consume vinegar-containing foods?

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The correct answer is: Potato chips, pickles, salad dressings and sauces often contain vinegar and can make teens 30-85 percent more vulnerable to tooth erosion because their enamel is not as mature. You don't have to eliminate these foods from your diet, but try to rinse with water after eating to protect your teeth.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

What should you limit your child's daily juice consumption to?

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The correct answer is: Children should not drink more than 12 ounces of juice a day to help avoid tooth decay and gum disease. It's also important to brush twice a day and floss.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which of the following can actually be a bad snack for your teeth?

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The correct answer is: Oranges, grapefruit, and other citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, but they are also very acidic, which can break down the enamel of your teeth. You don't have to eliminate them from your diet, but try to rinse after eating them and wait an hour before brushing. Foods that require a lot of chewing, like apples, celery, and carrots can remove plaque and actually whiten teeth.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or False: It's better for your teeth to have three meals a day.

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The correct answer is: While several small meals can increase metabolism levels, it's better for your teeth to have just three meals a day. If you do snack, try to pick more alkaline foods like cheese, raw vegetables, and nuts.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

What snack can help prevent bad breath?

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The correct answer is: The texture of cheese helps the production of saliva in your mouth and manages pH. The antioxidants found in pomegranates can help prevent cavity-causing bacteria, and spinach can prevent staining. However, it's the bacteria found in yogurt that is shown to help curb your bad breath.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which of the following snacks can be harmful to your teeth?

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The correct answer is: Fruit roll-ups may be an obvious snack to stay away from because they're high in sugar and sticky, too. However more surprising foods that can be harmful to your teeth are raisins and bread. Both stick to your teeth and are not easily removed by saliva when a toothbrush may not be available.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or False: You should inform your child's school if he or she has canker sores.

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The correct answer is: If your child suffers from canker sores, there is no reason to inform the school's authorities. Unlike cold sores, canker sores are not contagious and cannot be passed by kissing or sharing food.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

How many people need orthodontic work?

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The correct answer is: With the majority of the population (70 percent) needing some orthodontic work, it is advised that children visit an orthodontist by the age of 7. Correcting misaligned bites can not only fix the appearance of teeth, but it can help prevent teeth grinding (bruxism) and gum recession. That's because cleaning and flossing straight teeth is easier.

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