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    Healthy Beginnings

    Getting children actively involved in caring for their teeth and gums is critical to forming habits that can ensure good oral health for life.

    By the time they are three years old, most children will have a complete first set of 20 primary teeth that require regular care. Even though these are primary or “baby’ teeth, they need to be kept healthy and cavity-free because they affect your child’s ability to chew food and speak clearly, and they serve as placeholders for the permanent or “adult” teeth that will eventually come in.

    FACT.. dental decay (cavities) is the most common chronic disease of childhood, affecting 50 percent of children by middle childhood and nearly 70 percent by late adolescence . Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention Fact Sheet: Key Findings from NHANES 1999-2002. Updated Nov. 18 2005.

    Teaching Children how to brush and clean between their teeth can seem difficult. However, parents can make the process easy and even fun, especially if you start early and stay consistent.

    HINTS

    • Brush your teeth along with your child. This will set a good example and make teeth-brushing time a shared family “event.”
    • Buy each child their own toothbrush. Make sure the brush is appropriate for your child’s age and dexterity.
    • Praise your child for a good job brushing...and rinsing.
    • Encourage your child to smile and show off their healthy teeth!

    FACT. . .Oral health is directly related to overall health, so the condition of your child's teeth can have a direct affect on the rest of their body.

    IT IS ALSO IMPORTANT TO

    • Take your child to the dentist for a comprehensive cleaning and exam every six months.
    • Encourage a dict that is low in sugary snacks and drinks, and includes lots of fruits and vegetables.

    We encourage you to talk with our staff about how you can keep your child's smile healthy for life!

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