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Tiny Teeth

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TINY TEETH

AND WHAT TO DO WITH THEM

Kids generally get their baby teeth around 6 months and lose them until age 12

BRUSH UP ON BRUSHING

Choose a soft-bristled toothbrush

Use a pea-sized amount of flouride toothpaste

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REMIND YOUR CHILD NOT TO SWALLOW

Hold the brush along the gumline at a 45º angle

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Start by brushing the inside surfaces

Finish by brushing the outside surfaces

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Always move side-to-side, top to bottom

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DENTIST DOS AND DONT'S

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Schedule your child's first visit to a dental professional no later than their 1st birthday

  • Never surprise them with a visit
  • Before you go, act out what will happen and why it's important
  • Bring a favorite toy to alleviate any anxiety
  • Let them observe an older sibling's exam
  • Reschedule the appointment if your child is upset
  • Reward good behavior with stickers or some other treat
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NIGHTY NOT

Don't let your baby fall asleep with a bottle of juice, milk or formula.

  • Prolonged exposure to sugary liquids could cause cavities (it's called bottle decay)
  • After feedings, wipe your baby's teeth and gums with a damp washcloth or gauze
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Teething

6-12 months

Rub gums with:

  • Fingers
  • Backside of cool spoon
  • Chilled teething ring
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Thumb Sucking

3 months - 4 years

Prevent it by:

  • Covering thumb with bandage
  • Encouraging the use of both hands during activities
  • Trying positive reinforcement
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Tooth Loss

6 years

Avoid soreness/bleeding by:

  • Telling child to chew food on other side of mouth
  • Letting child wiggle baby tooth until it falls out

if your child experiences complications, see a dental professional.

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This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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