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Dental Brochure: Healthy Smiles Are Contagious

Eloise


Published on December 1, 2014

Take the following steps to prevent tooth decay: Birth to 12 months, keep your baby's mouth clean by gently wiping the gums with a clean baby wash cloth 12 to 36 months and 3-6 years brush your child's teeth 2 times a day Don't let your child eat sweet or sticky foods, like candy, gummies, cookies, or fruit roll-up Following sugary snacks or meals drink water Check to see if your water is fluoridated Good News!! Tooth Decay, Cavities and Other Dental Diseases are Preventable among Children. Follow the simple steps in this broacher for healthy teeth and a health smile. Please join dentist and other health providers at the National Children Dental Health Day This February 2015. There will be free dental screenings and dental consultations. All children will receive a free tooth brush, tooth paste and dental floss. Department of Family and Children Services, case workers will be available to sign eligible families up for Medicaid. Helpful Hint: Slide the floss between your child's teeth and gently work it up and down, against the surfaces of each tooth. Do not snap the floss down between the teeth as the floss may hurt their gums. After flossing, have your child rinse with water, then brush (or if you prefer, brush then floss) your child's teeth. Using a tooth brush, tooth paste, and dental floss leads to healthy teeth and a healthy smile (Birth to 12 months) Use just a smear of fluoride toothpaste (or an amount about the size of a grain of rice) Fluoride found in toothpaste is meant to be swished but not swallowed, make sure to help or watch the child while brushing (3 to 6 years) Use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste on the tooth brush Brush teeth in a circular motion near gum line and up and down Floss your children’s teeth even when they have only their baby teeth