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Preventing Childhood Cavities

PARENT'S GUIDE TO DENTAL HYGIENE Dental hygiene is one of the most important health care lessons you will teach your children, but do you knNow all you need to know? Make sure you're prepared so you can be TEACHER-MOM DOCTOR-MOM DENTIST-MOM PERCENTAGES OF CHILDREN WITH UNTREATED TOOTH DECAY 5-11 YEARS OLD 12-19 YEARS OLD LESS THAN 1 IN 3 CHILDREN enrolled in Medicaid received at least one preventative dental service within a year 20% 1Ви 00000 0000000 (1 OUT OF 5) (1 OUT OF 7) 000 UP TO 33% CAN BE PREVENTED WITH OF UNTREATED TOOTH DECAY PROPER AMOUNTS OF FLUORIDE SEALANTS CAN REDUCE FLUORIDATED WATER SAVES MORE THAN DECAY IN PERMANENT MOLARS $4.6 BILLION UP TO ANNUALLY IN DENTAL COSTS IN THE U.S 81% FOR INFANTS BABIES ARE BORN WITH 20 PRIMARY TEETH UNDER THEIR GUMS CAVITIES CAN DEVELOP BEFORE TEETH ARE SHOWING DENTAL HYGIENE IS IMPORTANT EVEN BEFORE TEETHING BEGINS THE TEETH BEGIN TO BREAK THROUGH AT ABOUT G MONTHS OLD HOW TO CLEAN A BABY'S TEETH COMMON PRACTICES TO AVOID ORAL BACTERIA IS TRANSMITTABLE 1 Testing bottle temperatures with 1 Use a soft, warm, moistened cloth 2 Wrap the cloth around your index finger 3 Carefully massage your baby's gums with the warm cloth your mouth 2 Cleaning off pacifiers with your mouth 3 Sharing utensils 4 Especially important after feeding 6-12 MONTHS ANYWHERE FROM START BRUSHING NEW TEETH WITH A SOFT BRISTLED BRUSH: NO TOOTHPASTE 4-8 MONTHS BABIES BEGIN TEETHING CONTINUE MASSAGING GUMS AFTER FEEDING TEETHING PAIN CAN BE RELIEVED WITH A COLD CLOTH OR TEETHING RING LIMIT SUGAR AS YOUR BABY BEGINS EATING AND DRINKING OTHER THINGS COLD CAN FEEL BETTER ON SORE GUMS KNOW YOUR BABY'S GUMS AND TEETH SCHEDULE YOUR BABY'S FIRST DENTAL APPOINTMENT BY OF THE FIRST TOOTH APPEARANCE CHECK REGULARLY FOR WHITE OR BROWN SPOTS 12 MONTHS OR WITHIN 6 MONTHS THESE CAN MEAN THERE IS A CAVITY OF THE FIRST TOOTH APPEARANCE 12 MONTHS AND UP CONTINUE BRUSHING YOUR TODDLER'S TEETH TWICE A DAY WITH NO TOOTHPASTE USE A PEA SIZE AMOUNT OF TOOTHPASTE BEGINNING AT AGE 2 BEGIN TEACHING YOUR CHILD TO BRUSH HIS OR HER TEETH AROUND AGE 2-3 THEY WILL NEED TO BE MONITORED UNTIL AGE 6 OR 7 BEGIN FLOSSING YOUR CHILD'S TEETH BY AGE 4 CHECK YOUR CHILD'S TEETH AND GUMS REGULARLY SCHEDULE REGULAR DENTAL CHECKUPS (RECOMMENDED EVERY 6 MONTHS) TRY NOT TO LET YOUR CHILD USE A PACIFIER OR SUCK HIS/HER THUMB AFTER AGE THREE OTHER TIPS FOR DENTAL HEALTH NUTRITION IS ALWAYS IMPORTANT FOR YOUR CHILD'S ORAL HEALTH SUGARY AND STARCHY FOODS PROMOTE TOOTH DECAY A HEALTHY AMOUNT OF FLUORIDE MAY BE THE BEST DEFENSE AGAINST TOOTH DECAY FIND OUT WHETHER FLUORIDE HAS BEEN ADDED TO THE WATER IN YOUR LOCATION YOU CAN USE FLUORIDE TOOTHPASTE, MOUTHRINSE OR FLUORIDE DROPS IF NOT, VISIT MORTENSONDENTAL.COM TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT OR FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MORTENSON FAMILY DENTAL Sources: colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Articles/Oral-and-Dental-Health-at-Any-Age/Infants-and-Children/Toddler-Child-Transitional-Care/article/Oral-Health-for-Children.cvsp cdc.gov/oralhealth/publications/lactsheets/childrens_oral_health/index.htm MMORTENSON Family Dental health.ny.gov/prevention/dental/infant_oral_health.htm mouthhealthy.org/en/babies-and-kids/ aapd.org/resources/Irequently_asked_questions/#43 N NOWSOURCING cdc.gov/oralhealth/children_adults/child.htm

Preventing Childhood Cavities

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Taking care of your child's baby teeth is an important step in preventing cavities. Learn more about oral hygiene for children from this infographic.

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