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Healthy Teeth

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me

Caring for young children's teeth is an important part of keeping their bodies healthy—and it's never too early to get started! Strong first or baby teeth set the stage for strong permanent teeth, and help children play, learn, and grow. These tips and tools were designed to help you and your child care for her teeth together.

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#1 Start Early
Even before teeth come in, you can take care of your child's mouth by cleaning his gums with a washcloth. Take your child for his first dental visit within six months of his first tooth, or by his first birthday.
#2 Brushy-Brush
Help your preschooler brush her teeth at least twice a day (after breakfast and before bed) to keep them healthy and strong.
#3 Teeth Time
Young children should brush their teeth for about 2 minutes. While brushing your child's teeth together, try playing some music or singing the ABC song four times to help him keep track of time.
#4 Choosing a Toothbrush
Look for children's toothbrushes with small heads and soft (or extra-soft) bristles. Help your child get excited about brushing by letting her choose the color.
#5 A Little Does a Lot
A little toothpaste goes a long way! Help children ages 2–5 add a pea-size amount to their toothbrushes. For children under 2, just a smear will do.
#6 Crunch and Munch
Teeth love crunchy fruits and vegetables! With your child, try some tooth-friendly foods, such as apples, pears, carrots, or celery. What does each food sound like when you take a bite?
#7 Water Works
Drinking water helps keep bodies healthy and strong. Water can also help wash food away from teeth if there isn't time to brush after a snack.
#8 It Takes a Team
It takes a team to keep teeth healthy. Visit your dental office twice a year and stay in touch with your child's primary-care physician and nurse.
#9 Teeth's Best Friends
Talk with your child about the grown-ups who can help him take care of his teeth: the doctor, nurse, dentist, hygienist…and you!
#10 Mobile Care
If it's hard to visit a dental office because of cost or distance, check online or ask your local health department about mobile dental clinics or low-cost services near you.

About This Project

Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me is a bilingual, multimedia outreach initiative motivating children 2 to 5 years of age, their parents, and caregivers to care for children's oral health.

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