Magazine article Working Mother

Keep Tooth Decay at Bay

Magazine article Working Mother

Keep Tooth Decay at Bay

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Here's some news to sink your teeth into: Recent research shows that children who develop cavities in their baby teeth have a greater genetic tendency toward cavities when they're adults. Not surprisingly, studies have also found that teaching your child good oral-care habits early on can mean a lifetime of healthy teeth. To keep your little one's pearly whites strong and healthy, try the following:

Go for checkups early. Pediatric clenlisls recommend taking your child for her first dental checkup as soon as her first tooth appears, or by her first birthday.

Start cleaning teeth as soon as they appear. At least Iwice a day, wipe baby teeth with a soft cloth or gauze. For toddlers on up, use a toothbrush with a small head and soft nylon bristles. Kids will need help brushing until around age 6 or 7. If your child's teeth touch or are tightly spaced, flossing every day is also a must. …

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