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Healthy Mouth, Healthy Kids

Why is it that the dental health of American children has significantly improved over their parent's oral health? Because children today have the benefit of fluoride and sealants that were either not available or available to a much lesser extent than when their parents were young. Here are some guidelines for dental health parents may consider as their child grows and develops.

Before Birth - Finish All Dental Work

To continue improvement in the oral health of children, parents must be diligent even before their birth. Unbeknownst to most parents and providers, dental cavities are transferred from parents (primarily mothers) to their young offspring. Newborns are not bo (More)

Understanding Healthy Mouth, Healthy Kids

  • What is Good Oral Health and What are Cavities?
  • Inside the Mouth
  • What Should Your Child Eat and Not Eat for a Healthy Mouth?
  • Protecting Your Child's Teeth: Fluoride Varnishes & Dental Sealants
  • Caring for Your Child's Mouth: Ages 0 - 2 Years
  • Caring for Your Child's Mouth: Ages 3-5 Years
  • Caring for Your Child's Mouth: Ages 6-12 Years
  • Caring for Your Child's Mouth: Ages 13-18 Years
  • Dental Health for Kids
  • Pediatric Dentists: Caring for your Child's Teeth
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  • Are Two Fluoride Treatments a Year for Children Necessary?
  • Is Early Tooth Eruption a Cause for Concern?
  • Is My Son Behind in Losing Baby Teeth?
  • Should I Be Worried About a Blister on the Gums?
  • Should I Have an Extra Tooth Pulled?
  • What Can Be Done About Missing Adult Teeth?
  • What Caused this Sac on the Inside of My Cheek?
  • What Causes a Brown/Black Teeth Stain?
  • What Happens if My Son Has a Decaying Tooth?
  • What Is a Supernumerary Tooth?
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    Last Updated: Jan 20, 2016