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Oral Healthcare Recommendations & Tips For Parents

Here is a quick checklist of things that parents can do to help ensure their child's dental hygiene:

 

     

  • Visit a dentist within six months of the signs of the first tooth or by age one.
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  • Use bottles for bedtime only with water.  Napping or sleeping with milk or juice can cause tooth decay
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  • Drink from a cup after the age of one.
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  • Breaking the thumb sucking habit by the age of 2
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  • Don't use sugary substances on pacifiers
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  • Limit sugary snacks and juices
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  • Use a child toothbrush with only a pea-size amount of toothpaste
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  • Clean gums while the teeth are coming in.
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  • Supervise teeth cleaning and brushing activities till the age of 8
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  • Make sure they are receiving the correct amount of fluoride by talking with Dr. Konotopetz.
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  • Clean pacifiers or utensils with water.  Do not use your own mouth and then give them to children as bacteria can be passed along.
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