birth – age 2

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Is Chewing Gum Healthy for my Child?

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Chew away! Mom’s, don’t be too quick to say no when your child picks up a pack of gum in...

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What about thumb sucking and pacifiers? Will these habits affect my child’s teeth?

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Thumb sucking and pacifier use usually do not cause problems unless your child continues this habit for a long period...

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Is my child getting enough fluoride?

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The answer is most likely yes, but your pediatric dentist can help you evaluate your child.  Most water sources in...

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What role does sugar play in tooth decay?

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There are three things needed to produce a cavity: bacteria, a susceptible tooth (not sealed) and sugar.  Everyone has some...

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What kind of toothpaste is best?

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Any fluoridated children’s toothpaste approved by the ADA (American Dental Association) will work well.  Your child may have a preference...

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When should we begin using toothpaste?

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Your child is ready for a smear of fluoridated toothpaste after the first tooth erupts.  Once your child is able...

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What about bottles and Sippy cups?

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Your child should never be allowed to take a bottle or Sippy cup to bed filled with milk or juice. ...

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Are baby teeth really important?

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Baby teeth, or primary teeth, serve an important role in the development of your child’s overall dental health by providing...

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What should I use to clean my baby’s teeth?

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You may use a piece of damp sterile gauze or a damp clean washcloth to wipe the baby’s teeth. You...

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What can I do to help my child during teething?

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Try these tips to sooth teething pain: Massage your baby’s gums with a clean finger, moistened gauze pad or damp...