How Much Do You Know About Children's Oral Health?

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How Much Do You Know About Childrens Oral Health? - Quiz

Are you going to be a happy parent soon, or have you already become one? If so, this quiz is beneficial for you and your children's oral health too. Good habits start early in life, and when you make good oral hygiene part of your child's routine from the beginning, you can improve their chance of looking forward to a lifetime of good oral health. Test your knowledge of your kids' oral health today and help them in the proper care of their teeth and gums.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    How much sugar does 100% fruit juice contain?

    • A.

      Less than coca-cola

    • B.

      More than coca-cola

    • C.

      Roughly the same amount of sugar as coca-cola

    • D.

      None of the above

    • E.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Roughly the same amount of sugar as coca-cola
    Explanation
    Unsweetened fruit juice may be richer in nutrients, but both coca-cola and 100% orange juice contain similar amounts of sugar. Citrus-based fruits also contain high acid content which can wear away tooth enamel.

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  • 2. 

    Kids' teeth should be flossed

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    As soon as two teeth touch, they should be flossed regardless of how old someone is.

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  • 3. 

    How many baby teeth should children have?

    • A.

      10

    • B.

      20

    • C.

      18

    • D.

      22

    Correct Answer
    B. 20
    Explanation
    Children should have 20 primary teeth in total (also called milk teeth or baby teeth). All of these teeth are already formed at birth, but hidden inside the gums until they’re ready to come through.

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  • 4. 

    Baby teeth fall out eventually, so there's no need to worry about tooth decay

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    False. Baby teeth are vital for a child's development. If a baby tooth is lost prematurely to tooth decay, this can cause the surrounding teeth to drift, causing problems for the adult teeth growing beneath. Missing teeth may also affect a child’s ability to eat and speak.

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  • 5. 

    How often should I be taking my child to the dentist?

    • A.

      Every 6 to 12 months

    • B.

      Only when they have a toothache

    • C.

      Every 2 years

    • D.

      Every other day

    Correct Answer
    A. Every 6 to 12 months
    Explanation
    It's recommended to take your child for a check-up and clean every 6 to 12 months to help spot any early signs of tooth decay.

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  • 6. 

    Kids can use adults toothpaste so long as it's a very small amount.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    False. Up until the age of 6 or 7 years old, kids should use a low-fluoride children's toothpaste to prevent a cosmetic condition known as fluorosis (over-exposure to fluoride in baby teeth). From the age of 6 or 7 years, it's ok to start using adult toothpaste but to continue encouraging your child to spit it out, rather than swallowing it.

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  • 7. 

    It's better to encourage a toddler to brush their own teeth rather than doing it for them.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    False. It's important to continue brushing your child's teeth up to the age of 4-5 years to ensure it's done properly. Allow them to brush first, then brush properly afterward. From 4-5 years of age, a child may be ready to start brushing their own teeth but will still require supervision.

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  • 8. 

    The recommended average daily serve of fruit for a 1-2 year old is:

    • A.

      1 serve (150g)

    • B.

      2 serves (300g)

    • C.

      Half serve (75g)

    • D.

      5 serves (750g)

    Correct Answer
    C. Half serve (75g)
    Explanation
    It's recommended that toddlers aged 1-2 years eat an average daily serve of 75 grams of fruit, roughly 1/2 a banana, apple, orange or pear.

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  • 9. 

    27% of Aussie kids aged 5-10 yrs have untreated tooth decay

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    True. According to Australia's Oral Health Tracker technical paper 2020, 27% of Aussie kids aged 5-10 yrs have untreated tooth decay in baby teeth.

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  • 10. 

    Sugar causes tooth decay

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    When sugar mixes with the bacteria in the mouth, it produces acid that wears down tooth enamel (the outer layer of the tooth) and causes tooth decay. Starchy foods also have a damaging effect on teeth. This is due to an enzyme in our saliva called amylase, which breaks it down into glucose (a type of sugar). Bacteria feeds on the sugar to produce acid.

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