Tooth Care: Ages and Stages
Learn how to maintain kids’ oral hygiene as they grow!
Here’s how to keep children’s smiles healthy at every age and stage!
Infant and Toddler:
- Use a soft washcloth to clean baby’s gums and teeth every day, as soon as they come in.
- Schedule a first dental visit within six months after kids’ first tooth, or by their first birthday.
- Soothe a teething child by gently rubbing her gums with a clean finger, cold washcloth, or chilled teething ring.
- Remember to help children brush their teeth.
- Set up regular dental visits. There, you can learn about common concerns such as thumb-sucking and mouth injuries.
- Keep track of your child’s brushing and flossing routines, and help out when needed.
- During a child’s regular dental visits, get advice about caring for baby teeth or new, permanent teeth. Ask for advice on any issues, from using mouth guards for sports to chewing gum.
Connecting & Communicating
Communication and connection with families is key to building a strong, effective healthy team.
Visiting the Doctor: Helping Kids Grow Up Strong & Healthy
Preparation and communication help you get the best care for your child at every medical visit.
Communicating at Doctor’s Visits
Good communication leads to good care for your child.
Elmo and Abby’s Check-up Play Date
Pretend play can help children “rehearse” situations that may frighten them.
Regular check-ups can be a fun and informative experience for the whole healthy team, kids included!
My Whole Healthy Life: Meet Reignen
A video about the different ways a Native American child and his family stay healthy.
My Whole Healthy Life: Meet Wa.Sta.Tse
A video about the different ways a Native American child and her family stay healthy.