Oral Health: Every Kid Deserves a Great Smile
Keeping a child's smile happy and healthy begins when they are born. Taking good care of your child's gums and his baby teeth will help him grow up healthy and safe from preventable diseases. I'm treated tooth decay causes pain and infections that may lead to problems eating, speaking, playing and learning.
Tooth decay affects children in the United States more than any other disease and is the number one reason why children the school. When your child's teeth are healthy, like Marisol's in the video, they are more confident and ready to learn at school.
Proper dental care begins even before a baby's first tooth appears. Remember that just because you can't see the teeth doesn't mean they aren't there. Use a soft, damn cloth or gauze pad to wipe your babies gums daily.
All babies need to visit the dentist before their first birthday.
Encourage your children to eat regular nutritious meals and avoid frequent in between meal snacking. At bedtime, it's best to give a child a bottle filled with plain water and avoid having your children eat or drink anything after they have already brush their teeth.
Baby teeth are important! If they are unhealthy, the adult teeth that grow in after that will be weaker and more likely to decay.
Oral health information and tips: http://kidshealth.org/parent/general/teeth/healthy.html
Fun games to teach him to take care of his teeth: http://www.colgate.com/app/Kids-World/US/Games-And-Activities.cvsp
Tips from pediatricians to teach your children good dental habits and prevent them from tooth decay: http://www.aap.org/healthtopics/oralhealth.cfm
This website includes information and videos on how to clean a baby's gums: http://www.howcast.com/videos/218-How-To-Clean-a-Babys-Gums
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