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Brush Up on Healthy Teeth: Simple Steps for Kids' Smiles

Learn more about keeping your child's teeth healthy with this true or false quiz.

  1. _T or F_ All children older than 6 months should receive a fluoride supplement every day.

  2. _T or F_ Parents should start cleaning their child's teeth as soon as the first tooth appears.

  3. _T or F_ Parents should start brushing their child's teeth with toothpaste that contains fluoride at age 3.

  4. _T or F_ Children younger than 6 years should use enough toothpaste with fluoride to cover the toothbrush.

  5. _T or F_ Parents should brush their child's teeth twice a day until the child can handle the toothbrush alone.

  6. _T or F_ Young children should always use fluoride mouth rinses after brushing.


ANSWERS

  1. False. Check with your child's doctor or dentist about your child's specific fluoride needs. Parents of a child older than 6 months should discuss the need for a fluoride supplement with the doctor or dentist if drinking water does not have enough fluoride to help prevent cavities.
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  2. True. Start cleaning as soon as the first tooth appears. Wipe teeth every day with a clean, damp cloth. Switch to a small, soft toothbrush as more teeth come in.
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  3. False. Parents should start using toothpaste with fluoride to brush their child's teeth at age 2. Toothpaste with fluoride may be used earlier if the child's doctor or dentist recommends it.
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  4. False. Young children should use only a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride is important for fighting cavities, but if children younger than 6 years swallow too much fluoride, their permanent teeth may have white spots. Using no more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste with fluoride can help keep this from happening.
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  5. True. Children usually do not have the skill to brush their teeth well until around age 4 or 5. Parents should brush their young child's teeth thoroughly twice a day until the child can handle the toothbrush alone.
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  6. False. Fluoride mouth rinses have a high concentration of fluoride. Children younger than 6 years should not use fluoride mouth rinses unless the child's doctor or dentist recommends it. Young children tend to swallow rather than spit, and swallowing too much fluoride before age 6 may cause the permanent teeth to have white spots.
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