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Dental Health is Important for Children's 'Baby Teeth'
“Tooth decay is preventable.The
investment of only a few minutes
each day on the part of parents
and caregivers, coupled with
regular dental checkups, goes
a long way in creating healthy
smiles to last a lifetime,” says
Dr. Diane Monti-Markowski,
clinical program director for
(StatePoint) Parents
Cigna Dental.
and caregivers may be
She offers these oral hygiene
underestimating the importance tips for those caring for small
of dental care for children’s
“baby teeth.” According to the
• Plan to have your child visit the
Centers for Disease Control and dentist by his or her first birthday
Prevention, only 63 percent of
or within six months after the
children ages two to four see the first teeth appear.
dentist at least annually.
• As a child’s teeth start to come
Most dental benefits cover
in, brush them gently twice a day
preventive care visits twice a
with a child-sized toothbrush and
year with no out-of-pocket costs, water.
and these visits are important for
• Begin flossing a child’s teeth
small children.
daily when there are two teeth
Baby teeth, (also known as
that touch.
primary teeth), play an important
• Do not put your baby to sleep
role in a child’s overall healthy
with a bottle of formula, milk,
development. If cavities begin
juice or any other liquid other
and arc left untreated, they can
than water.
become painful and possibly
• Consider introducing
infected. Loss of these teeth
prematurely may impact eating, toothpaste for children who are
two and older and are able to
speaking, learning and selffollow directions to spit after
esteem. Baby teeth help guide
brushing.The American Dental
the way for permanent teeth to
Association recommends using
erupt into proper position.

fluoride toothpaste about the
size of a grain of rice for children
younger than three years old and
a pea-size amount for children
three to six years old. By age
three or four, your child should
be able to brush with your
• Make brushing fun. Let your
child pick out the color of
his or her toothbrush. Play a
favorite song or set a timer to
help children understand that
good brushing takes about two
minutes twice a day.
Find more tips at
dental-resources. For detailed
questions or concerns about a
child’s oral health, it is important
to consult a dentist.
“Adults can also reinforce the
importance of oral health by their
attitudes,” adds
Dr. Monti-Markowski.
“Encouraging good habits and
showing a positive manner
when visiting the dentist can
lay the foundation for children
to maintain healthy teeth
throughout their fives.”
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