School Nurses' Self-Assessment of Oral Health Knowledge

Assess your oral health knowledge. At the end of the assessment, download the assessment complete with questions, answers, explanations and citations.

  1. A child's first oral health exam should occur at what age?

    0-2 months
    6-12 months
    2-3 years
    4-5 years
  2. The following groups of children are at high risk of tooth decay except:

    Children with special health care needs
    Children whose mothers have tooth decay
    Children who are first born
    Children eligible for free and reduced lunch
  3. It takes approximately how long for a school nurse to perform an oral health screening?

    2-3 minutes
    7-10 minutes
    15-18 minutes
    Oral health screenings are not within the school nurse's scope of practice
  4. The equipment necessary for a child's oral health screening includes gloves, lighting and:

    Dental chair
    Dental mirror
    Tongue depressor
  5. Caregivers transfer bacteria that cause dental caries to their children by:

    Sharing eating utensils
    Dropping pacifier on floor
    Washing baby bottles with family dishes
    None of the above
  6. If a permanent tooth is knocked out, the avulsed tooth should be:

    Placed in container of tap water
    Placed in container of milk
    Placed in dry sterile gauze
    Reinserted into socket
  7. Toothpaste can be introduced at age:

    6 months
    1 year
    2 years
    4 years
  8. Children can brush teeth without parental help once they master:

    Holding their own bottle
    Feeding themselves with utensils
    Toilet training
    Tying their own shoelaces
  9. Frequent consumption of the following food leads to tooth decay:

    Fruit juice
    All the above
  10. Historically, the most common school dental trauma is:

    Tooth displaced from socket
    Broken tooth
    Swallowed tooth
    Torn frenulum
  11. Consuming which of the following is an evidence-based intervention to prevent tooth decay?

    Diet soda
    Sugarless gum
    Bottled water
  12. More than 4% of boys who use spit / chew tobacco start before:

    5th grade
    7th grade
    9th grade
    11th grade
  13. The risk of dental caries is significantly higher for children with which condition?

    Food allergies
    None of the above
  14. Community water fluoridation decreases dental caries:

    Not at all
    5% - 15%
    30% - 50%
  15. The evidence on preventative oral health practices for all children to prevent dental caries recommends:

    Dental sealant application
    Dental sealant application, Fluoride varnish
    Dental sealant application, Fluoride varnish , Fluoride dietary supplements
    None of the above

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