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Teeth Cleaning For Children

Baby Wellness: Caring For Teeth

Last week, I went to the dentist to have my own set of choppers cleaned and spoke with my dentist about my baby's teeth. Her advice was to wait until she turns 18 months to take her in for her first check-up when they will just count her teeth. The goal is to make the child feel comfortable during the first visit so she will want to return.

In the meantime, I am trying to teach her about brushing her lil teeth. To encourage her, I found these cute toothbrush holders ($6 - $7) that I think will help her enjoy the whole cleaning process. Cover your babe's toothbrush with a dinosaur, a dog or a farm animal for a very reasonable $6. By the time that first dental appointment rolls around, your wee one will be a seasoned pro.

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be4luv be4luv 8 years
I feel just the way you do Redsugar, but it is a reality. The thing that baffles me about my job is that I give all the information I can to prevent dental decay but it falls on deaf ears. Visit the Parent Resource Center at aapd.org to get information on what you can do to maintain oral health. Stopping the pacifier and even more critically the thumb habit is important to dental development, however usually if the habit is stopped before the age of four, the permanent teeth should not be affected unless there are other underlying skeletal problems. Fluoride has been shown to greatly reduce the incidence of decay, check with your dentist and find out if there is fluoride in your water to find out how much your child needs. Nursery Water and Deer Park make fluoridated bottled water for children. I hope I have provided some clarification for everyone. Please share this info with your friends and family.
hvanness331 hvanness331 8 years
I remember my son's dentist telling me that I needed to get him to drink some tap water each day, for flouride.
redsugar redsugar 8 years
omg! How can a chold have serious dental decay at 18 months! That is freaking incredible and sad.
sfbutterfly24 sfbutterfly24 8 years
just a FYI for parents & kids using a pacifier for too long can cause some damage to lil ones teeth & how they come in. Just a piece of info since later on it translates into over-bites, braces & head gear and no one likes head gear.
be4luv be4luv 8 years
I am a pediatric dentist. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry have come together to recommend the fist dental visit at age one or within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth. Please seek out a PEDIATRIC dentist for your child early and commit to oral hygeine. I have treated children as young as 18 months for serious dental decay.
jennifer76 jennifer76 8 years
My kids race to be the first to get their teeth brushed morning and night. I have no idea how that was accomplished, but it's pretty awesome that they both love it. :D
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