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How much do you know about oral health?

Oral Health

This KS2 PSHE quiz will help you understand how and why to care for your mouth. It also teaches you about the different teeth you have.

Oral health refers to the ability to look after our mouths and teeth. Babies are usually born without teeth and start to grow them through a process called teething at around 6 months. From the age of 6 children start to lose their baby teeth and grow their adult ones which, if looked after, should remain with them for the rest of their lives. It is important to have good oral health because if your mouth is unhealthy it can affect your teeth, tongue, gums and breath. Humans eat and drink a wide variety of items that are made from different ingredients that can affect the mouth in different ways, so you need to clean your teeth regularly and effectively to prevent damage and infections. From the age of 6 children should take responsibility for their own oral health as well as regular checkups at the dentist, therefore it is vital that you know what to do and why you should be doing it.

Brushing your teeth prevents ...
Brushing your teeth prevents the build up of plaque. Plaque can lead to tooth decay and gum disease
How often should you clean your teeth?
Once a day
Twice a day
Three times a day
When they feel dirty
You should clean your teeth twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening. You can clean them more if you have had sugary foods or drinks
What are the sharp pointy teeth at the side called?
Central incisors
Wisdom teeth
The sharp teeth at the side are called canines
What is a cavity?
A healthy tooth
Another name for tooth decay
A type of tooth
Another name for bad breath
A cavity is another name for a tooth that has got tooth decay
How many teeth do adults have?
Adults have an average of 32 teeth
What are the teeth at the front called?
Central incisors
Wisdom teeth
The two top and two bottom front teeth are called your central incisors. The ones next to those are called the lateral incisors
Why is it important to use a toothpaste that contains fluoride?
Fluoride prevents crooked teeth
Fluoride makes the toothpaste taste nice
Fluoride sharpens the canine teeth
Fluoride prevents tooth decay
Fluoride is important as it prevents tooth decay
On average, how many teeth do children have?
Children have an average of 20 teeth with more coming through from the age of 12
What are the molars designed to do?
To look nice
To show you are an adult
To bite, tear and rip food
To chew, crush and grind food
The molars are the biggest teeth and are situated at the back of the mouth. They are designed to chew, crush and grind food
How often should you visit a dentist?
Twice a year
Twice a week
Twice a month
When you have toothache
You are advised to visit a dentist for a check up twice a year, more if they have concerns
Author:  Terri Brown

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