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Strategies for Parents to Prepare Children for Dental Visits

This blog posting is excerpted from the National Center on Health's Brush Up on Oral Health monthly e-newsletter.

What young children hear about the dentist affects their idea of what upcoming visits will be like. When children hear others talk negatively of the dentist, they may feel afraid of visiting the dentist or dental hygienist. Here are some tips to make sure your child has a happy first dental visit:

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Written by: Deborah Fuller, DMD, MS

Las visitas con regularidad al dentista ofrecen la oportunidad de lograr el diagnóstico temprano, la prevención y el tratamiento de enfermedades orales en personas de todas las edades. Lamentablemente, no todos tienen la oportunidad de consultar a un dentista, sea por falta de seguro dental, la posibilidad de pedir tiempo libre en el trabajo o simplemente no entender que una boca saludable es importante para un cuerpo saludable. 

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Written by: Deborah Fuller, DMD, MS

Regular dental visits provide a chance for early diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of oral diseases for people of all ages. Unfortunately, not everyone has the opportunity to see a dentist, whether it’s because of a lack of dental insurance, the ability to time off from work, or simply not understanding that a healthy mouth is important to a healthy body. 

Oral health literacy: 3 key questions to ask

This guest blog post was authored by Jennifer S. Holtzman, D.D.S., Assistant Researcher at UCLA's School of Dentistry, Public Health and Community Dentistry Division. This blog post was written for the Children's Dental Health Project blog: Teeth Matter and is shared with permission.

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Oral health is integral to a child’s overall health and well-being and physicians have the rare opportunity to provide a major line of defense against future oral disease. Although it is recommended that a child’s first dental visit occur at the eruption of the first tooth and no later than 12 months of age, most parents do not know this or do not have a relationship with a dentist who will see a child that young.  Due to these barriers, a child’s primary care provider is often the first clinician to examine a child’s mouth. 

Crear hábitos saludables de cepillado: Consejos de una higienista dental

Written by: Cynthia Johnson CDA, RDH, BS, MA

Crear hábitos saludables de cepillado: Consejos de una higienista dental

“¡Es hora de cepillarte los dientes!”  Esta rutina diaria puede ser divertida y problemática al mismo tiempo.

 Muchos padres y personas que cuidan a niños saben lo difícil que es lograr que los niños se cepillen los dientes. ¡Estas son algunas maneras que puede usar para hacer que cepillarse y usar el hilo dental diariamente sea un hábito simple y divertido!

Creating Healthy Brushing Habits: Advice From a Dental Hygienist

Written by: Cynthia Johnson CDA,RDH,BS,MA

“It‘s time to brush your teeth!”  This daily routine can be fun, yet challenging at the same time. 
Many parents and caregivers know how hard it can be to get kids to brush their teeth. Here are some ways that you can make daily brushing and flossing an easy and fun habit!

How I Help Keep Precious Little Smiles Healthy: A Pediatrician’s Mission

Written by: Patricia Flanagan, M.D.

As a pediatrician, very little cheers me up more than a bubbly, giggly toddler grin.  It makes my day every time!

That precious little smile is so very important, too. Not only is it a sign of physical health, social-emotional and developmental well-being, but it’s also a sign of oral health and a reminder of the importance of early dental care. That’s why I make sure that I address caring for teeth during every well baby visit. 


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