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Infant Oral Health
Seven Ways to Raise a Healthy Toddler
As a parent, you are an important teacher of health care and health information for your toddler.
Thumb Sucking Harmless for Young Children
It's perfectly normal for young children to suck their thumbs, even though some parents fret about it.
Caring for Tiny Teeth
Before your infant goes off to sleep at the end of the day, you should do more than kiss the little one good night. Make sure your baby’s developing teeth avoid bottle tooth decay.
Caring for Your Baby’s Teeth
Taking good care of baby’s first teeth is an important step in the health of permanent teeth.
Dental Problems in Infants
Although infants have few, if any, teeth, there are a few types of dental conditions that may affect your baby.
Feeding Guide for Baby’s First Year
Making healthy food choices for your baby during the first year of life is very important. Babies grow and develop rapidly in their first year, and feeding your baby a variety of healthy foods will help promote good health.
Natal Teeth Can Cause Problems for Infants
Natal teeth are teeth that are present when an infant is born. About one in every 2,000 newborn infants has natal teeth, which are usually primary teeth (baby teeth) that have come in early.
Teething Troubles: What You Can Do
Everyone loves babies—except when they’re wailing. Teething may be the problem.
Pacifiers: What to Consider
It’s true that pacifiers can damage teeth if used in toddlers older than age 2. But for infants younger than age 2, pacifiers can be good things.
How to Wean Your Baby from a Pacifier
According to American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), both pacifier and finger sucking are considered normal behavior in infants and toddlers.
The Pros and Cons of Pacifiers
Pacifiers help babies (and their parents) get through periods of crankiness, crying, and pain. They are ideal for those times when the baby is either not hungry or too full to eat—but still needs the comfort that sucking provides.
Keep Your Baby Cavity-Free: Prevent the Spread of Bacteria
Oral bacteria called "mutans streptococci" are often passed from parent to child through saliva and can lead to cavities.
Dental Care for Infants and Children
Detailed information on dental care for infants and children
Your Child’s Dental Care Through the Ages
From birth through the teens, you need to heed your child’s evolving dental needs. The example you set—regular checkups, brushing, flossing, and a healthy diet—will help set up your child for a lifetime of good dental health.
FAQs About Dentistry and Young Children
Common questions and answers about children and the dentist.
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