Kids and Babies

Your Child’s Teeth Ages 6 to 12

Over time, your child’s baby teeth are replaced by adult teeth. A 6 to 12 year-old child has both baby and adult teeth. Together, they help children eat, speak, and smile. At about age 5 or 6, children begin to lose their bottom and top front teeth. By age 12, they will usually lose the

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Your Child’s Teeth from Birth to Age 6

Your child’s baby teeth are important! Baby teeth, also called primary teeth, help your child chew and speak normally. They hold space in the jaws for the adult (permanent) teeth that come in later. Your baby’s teeth start to come in when they are about 6 months old. By age 3, most children have a

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Thumb and Finger Sucking, and Pacifier Use

Why do children suck on things? Sucking is a natural infant reflex and necessary for feeding. Many babies begin to suck on their fingers or thumbs even before they are born. As they get older, sucking can continue for other reasons, like feeling insecure or seeking comfort. Sucking is relaxing, so it may also help

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Healthy Smiles for Kids

Healthy Smiles for Kids With good oral care at home and regular hygiene dental cleaning, children can reach adulthood without suffering from tooth decay and other oral health problems. Diet Can Affect Your Child’s Teeth The food and drinks you give your child can affect their oral health. Everyone, including your child, has plaque –

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Our teeth are covered with a sticky film of bacteria, called plaque (sounds like PLAK). When we eat or drink anything that contains sugar-such as cookies, candy, soda, juice, or sports drinks-bacteria turn the sugar into acids that can attack tooth enamel. Over time, these attacks may cause tooth decay, or cavities. The good news

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Baby Teeth

Baby Teeth: When They Come In, When They Fall Out A healthy mouth is part of a child’s overall health Children need strong, healthy teeth to chew their food, speak and smile. Your child’s teeth also help give his or her face its shape and keep space in the jaw for adult teeth. A baby’s

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Mothers and Babies

Healthy Smiles for Mothers and Babies Good oral health habits not only help prevent problems during pregnancy, but they can also benefit the health of your baby. Before Your Baby Arrives Eat a Healthy Diet What you eat during pregnancy affects the growth of your unborn child – including their teeth. Your baby’s teeth begin to

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Tooth Decay in Baby Teeth

Tooth decay is a disease that is caused by bacteria Tooth decay damages and breaks down teeth. When your child eats and drinks, bacteria in their mouth feed on the sugars that are found in these foods and drinks. The bacteria create acids that can break down the hard, outer layer of their teeth, called enamel.

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Your Child’s First Dental Visit

What is the focus of your child’s beautiful SMILE? Strong, healthy teeth! Baby teeth-also called primary teeth-are important in the growth and development of a child. Baby teeth can help your child chew foods and speak. They also hold space in the jaws for adult teeth that are growing under the gums. Babies are born

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