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Visit the dentist by your baby’s first birthday to spot signs of problems early. Talk to your dentist or doctor about putting fluoride varnish on your child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth appears. For children younger than 2, consult first with your doctor or dentist regarding the use of fluoride toothpaste.
For most children, the first deciduous, or primary, tooth will erupt between the ages of 4-6 months. From that time forward, daily oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist will play an important role in your child’s dental health. Cavities in Children: Increasing. The American Academy of Pediatrics and other organizations suggest that an earlier visit to the dentist is a good way to help toddlers learn proper oral hygiene, including avoiding night-time bottles or sippy cups of formula or juice; proper toothbrushing, and a healthy diet that promotes good dental health. Plaque can cause decay (a little hole in the tooth), so we want to keep plaque away by brushing and “ossing. • Explain to the class that they should brush their teeth in the morning and at night. • Ask the class how many of them brush and “oss their teeth each day. • Show the class the proper way to brush.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) developed a Pediatric Guide to Children’s Oral Health Flip Chart and Reference Guide in English. This resource includes pictures and speaker’s notes to assist pediatricians in counseling patients about oral health and applying fluoride varnish. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Children’s Dental Health Month (CDHM) presents a unique opportunity for Crest + Oral-B to provide useful and relevant materials to our Dental Professionals.
All our CDHM materials: Activity Book, Education Guide and Poster are complimentary. Please download, print and use as needed to encourage good oral care during this important month. The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) developed this publication, Promoting Oral Health in Young Children: A Resource Guide,to provide information to health professionals, program administrators, educators, policymakers, and others working in states and communities in planning, developing, and implementing efforts to ensure that children receive optimal oral health care. • By age seven or eight, most children can adequately brush their own teeth.
However, adult supervision is still recommended. As professional health-care providers, dental hygienists are primarily concerned with promoting good oral health. Dental hygiene is among the largest of the regulated healthcare professions in the province. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) works to improve children’s oral health through communication and collaboration betwee n the medical and dental homes, and to make pediatricians and other health professionals an essential part of the oral health team.
Thro ugh the Section on Oral Health and Chapter Oral Health Advocates, the AAP provides education, training, and advocacy for pediatricians, dentists, other health. MouthHealthy, part of the American Dental Association, is the patient’s guide to dental health. Learn about dental health topics, preventive oral care, common dental symptoms such as toothaches and mouth sores, and search for a new dentist.
Learn how to brush your teeth properly, floss for healthy gums and what to do in a dental emergency.
List of related literature:
|from Research in Education|
|from Community Oral Health Practice for the Dental Hygienist E-Book|
|from Dental Fear and Anxiety in Pediatric Patients: Practical Strategies to Help Children Cope|
|from Pediatric Primary Care E-Book|
|from Paediatric Dentistry: Principles and Practice|
|from Dental Materials E-Book: Foundations and Applications|
|from Pediatric Dentistry|
|from Jong’s Community Dental Health E-Book|
|from Misch’s Contemporary Implant Dentistry E-Book|
|from Wong’s Essentials of Pediatric Nursing9: Wong’s Essentials of Pediatric Nursing|