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A GUIDE TO YOUR CHILD'S DENTAL HEALTH

A GUIDE TO YOUR CHILD'S DENTAL HEALTH CHILDREN'S DENTAL CARE AT A GLANCE • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush designed for infants at least once a day at bedtime » Visit a family dentist when the first tooth appears, or at your child's first birthday » Schedule a "Happy Visit Appointment every 6 months, or as recommended by your family dentist CALENDAR KEEPING YOUR CHILD'S TEETH HEALTHY BABY BOTTLE TOOTH DECAY Occurs when a child's teeth are exposed to too much sugar from drinks Avoid putting your child to bed with a bottle of anything besides water BRUSHING Until age 3, use a tiny bit of toothpaste to brush your child's teeth Supervise until your child is around 6 and won't swallow the toothpaste PACIFIERS If your child uses a pacifier, don't put your own saliva on it to clean it Make sure the pacifier is clean, and don't dip it in honey or sugar DIET Feed your child a balanced diet with plenty of vegetables and lean proteins Avoid starchy, sugary foods and drinks that can contribute to tooth decay + SODA DENTAL SEALANTS Sealants help protect your child's teeth from decay Application is easy, painless, and can have many positive effects MOUTHGUARDS If your child plays sports, have her wear a soft plastic mouthguard Protects the teeth, lips, WHACK! cheeks, and gums from athletic injuries FLUORIDE Ask your dentist if your child is getting a sufficient amount of fluoride Use fluoride toothpaste, and inquire about supplements at your appointment PROVIDED BY. Valley Dental Group Gentle iamily Destal Care wWW.VALLEYDENTALGROUP.COM Sources: http://www.aapd.org/tesources/frequently-asked_questions/ http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topies/b/baby-bottle-tooth-decay http://www.mychildrensteeth.org/education/quicktips/ SUGAR

A GUIDE TO YOUR CHILD'S DENTAL HEALTH

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Has your child had his first dental visit yet? Children should visit the dentist when their first tooth appears or by their first birthday. Find other dental health tips for kids on this Seattle pedia...

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