Oral Health Tips

Pregnant Women

Moms-to-be are prone to gum disease

  • Continue to brush, floss & eat well.
  • See a dentist while you’re pregnant.
  • What your child eats can affect his or her dental health.
  • You and your child should visit the dentist twice a year, or as recommended by your dentist. Parent’s teeth are important too.
  • Watch out for Pregnancy Disease.

Infants

  • Clean your infant’s gums.
  • Take your infant to the dentist by age 1.
  • Brush your infant’s baby teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush
  • Wean your infant from the bottle.
  • Watch out for Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, Signs of Teething and Excessive Pacifier Use.
Upper Teeth Lower Teeth
Central Incisors 8-12 months Lower Teeth 6-10 months

Toodlers

  • Floss teeth as soon as they grow in and begin to touch each other.
  • If your child eats sweets, chips, crackers or juice, brush their teeth or rinse their teeth with water.
  • What your child eats can affect his/her dental health
  • Give healthy snacks like, fruits, vegetables, cheese, and yogurt. Avoid sweet and sticky drinks and food that can cause cavities
Upper Teeth Lower Teeth
Lateral Incisors 9-13 months 10-16 months
Fist Molars 3-19 months 14-18 months
Cuspids (Canines) 6-22 months 17-23 months

Preschool

  • An adult needs to help children brush until around age 7.
  • Ask your child’s doctor or dentist about putting fluoride varnish on your child’s teeth. This is another great way to protect your child’s teeth from cavities
Upper Teeth Lower Teeth
Second Molars 25-33 months 23-31 months

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