Children’s Oral Health

  • Early childhood decay (cavities) is the #1 chronic disease affecting children.
  • Dental decay is 5 times more common than asthma and 7 times more common than hay fever in children.
  • Tooth pain keeps many children home from school or distracted from learning.

  1. Early Childhood Caries (Cavities): What does dental decay/cavities look like?
  2. Fluoride: Common Questions Answered
  3. 8 Common Concerns 
  4. What should you do if child’s tooth is knocked out?
    1. Call dentist ASAP. Place tooth in milk NOT in water until you can get to dentist.
    2. http://www.seattlechildrens.org/medical-conditions/symptom-index/tooth-injury/
  5. Diet Tips to prevent cavities
    1. Drink water, preferably from the tap that contains fluoride to help protect teeth from cavities
    2. Limit the number of other beverages to only at mealtimes or not at all: juice, sports drinks, soda, flavored water
    3. Eat three healthy meals with one snack in between, snacking all day long increases risk for cavities
    4. Brush and floss teeth 2x/day
  6. 2x2min: Use these FUN videos for children to watch while brushing their teeth for 2 minutes 2 times a day!
    1. Good resource for brushing chart, videos, and information on children’s oral health
  7. Brush, Book, Read: Establishing Good Nighttime Routines
  8. FOR KIDS: Toothbrushing Tunes
  9. FOR KIDS: What causes cavities?
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