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Give your child a healthy start to oral care.


Your Infant's Mouth

Soon after an infant is born, a physician or nurse practitioner thoroughly examines his or her body, including the mouth.    Read "Your Infant's Mouth" article

How Do I Care for My Infant's Teeth?

Good oral care starts from the beginning of your child's life. Even before his or her first teeth emerge, certain factors can affect their future appearance and health.     Read "How Do I Care for My Infant's Teeth?" article

Can Pacifiers and Baby Bottles Ruin My Baby's Teeth?

Sucking is an innate reflex that babies develop and practice in the womb as they prepare for their first meal. Sucking is so important to a child’s development that it is comforting well into a child’s first years of life — long after he or she no longer needs to get nourishment from a breast or bottle.    Read "Can Pacifiers and Baby Bottles Ruin My Baby's Teeth?" article


Your Child's Mouth

When infants are born, almost all of their primary or baby teeth already have formed although they still are hidden in the gums. Read "Your Child's Mouth" article

Oral Health for Children

Teaching your child proper oral care at a young age is an investment in his or her health that will pay lifelong dividends. You can start by setting an example; taking good care of your own teeth sends a message that oral health is something to be valued    Read "Oral Health for Children" article

Common Questions

Is Breast-feeding Better than Bottle-feeding in Preventing Early Childhood Cavities? Many experts recommend breast-feeding over bottle-feeding for the overall health of your child. However, breast-feeding can lead to Early Childhood Cavities in the same way that bottle-feeding can. Read "Common Questions" article

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