Fluoride: ADA-Recommended Upon First Tooth Arrival

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Smiling baby with two baby teeth

What type of toothpaste should my child brush with?

It’s one of the first questions parents ask themselves and their dentists when they begin teaming with their children on the care of their new teeth. The American Dental Association advises parents go with fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first tooth comes in.

It may just be the simplest anion of fluorine, but fluoride is a highly-recommended cavity fighter for young children due to the alarming number of American children suffering from untreated tooth decay. Research by HealthyChild.org shows fluoride can help reduce cavities in children by up to 30 percent.

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Early Childhood Caries: What Is It and How to Prevent It?

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If only a Snickers bar or a Coke a day kept cavities away, America’s kids would be living in sweets heaven.

Alas, Snickers bars and good childhood oral health don’t work that way. Today more than ever, America’s children are at risk for developing serious oral health problems due to poor oral hygiene practices. And no one, not even newborns to toddlers, are safe from oral health dangers.

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Four False “Facts” About Baby Teeth

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There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about a child’s first teeth.  Primary teeth, also called milk teeth or baby teeth, are the temporary teeth that end up under pillows and provide plenty of business for the tooth fairy!  Here are four myths about baby teeth that every parent should know:

#1 Baby teeth aren’t important.

Many parents mistakenly believe that baby teeth are less important than permanent teeth because they are just going to “fall out anyway”.  But baby teeth serve a very important purpose as place-holders in growing mouths during early years of development.  They help maintain the proper structure of the mouth in providing a guide for permanent teeth to move in behind them when the time comes.  A baby tooth lost too early can lead to crowding of adult teeth, for example.

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