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Dental Checklist for Infants and Toddlers


Birth to 6 months
1. Clean mouth with gauze after feedings and     at bedtime.
2. Ask your pediatrician or pediatric dentist     about fluoride supplements.
3. Regulate feeding habits.

6 to 12 months
1. First tooth should appear; time to see the     pediatric dentist for an exam.
2. Begin to brush teeth after each feeding and     at bedtime with small, soft-bristled brush.
3. Baby begins to walk; be alert to dental     injuries.
4. Wean from breast or bottle by first birthday.
12 to 24 months
1.  Follow schedule of exams and cleanings      recommended by pediatric dentist.
2. Start using pea-sized portions of fluoridated     toothpaste when child is able to rinse.
3. Most primary teeth have erupted.

Here are tips for your child's diet and dental health.


1. Ask your pediatric dentist to help you assess your child's diet.
2.  Shop smart! Do not routinely stock your pantry with sugary or starchy snacks.Buy "fun foods" just for special times.
3. Limit the number of snack times; choose     nutritious snacks.
4.  Provide a balanced diet, and save foods with sugar or starch for mealtimes.
5.  Don't put your young child to bed with a bottle of milk, formula, or juice.
6.  If your child chews gum or sips soda, choose those without sugar.



Your teeth are
meant to last a lifetime. Even if one of your teeth becomes injured or diseased, it often can be saved through root canal (endodontic) treatment. To help you understand this procedure, we have answered some often asked questions about this treatment.
The following steps will help your child be part of the cavity-free generation.


1. Beware of frequent snacking;
2. Brush effectively twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste;
3. Floss once a day;
4. Have sealants applied when appropriate;
5. Seek regular dental check-ups;
6. Assure proper fluoride through drinking water, fluoride products or fluoride supplements;


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