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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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