Healthy teeth are an important part of children’s overall health. Families can learn how to keep children’s teeth healthy by understanding good oral hygiene, proper tooth development, and how fluoride protects teeth.
HealthyChildren.org is the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) website for families. On this site, you can find information about everything related to your child’s health and development, including oral health.
Brush, Book, Bed, a program of the AAP, has a simple and clear message for parents: 1) Each night, help your children to brush their teeth, 2) Read a favorite book (or two)!, and 3) Get to bed at a regular time each night. Having a predictable nighttime routine will help them understand and learn to expect what comes next. Additionally, routines may ease the stress that some families experience at nighttime.
Did You Know?
|When a caregiver shares utensils with a child, cleans a pacifier with the mouth, or has other close oral contact, mouth bacteria from the caregiver can harm a child’s teeth.|
|A child should have his or her first dental visit by age 1.|
|If a dentist is not available, your pediatrician can help you to understand how to care for your child’s teeth and to find a dentist.|
- Find a Medicaid/CHIP Dentist
- American Dental Association MouthHealthy website
- Find a Pediatric Dentist and other oral health resources at the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry website
- Read the AAP Bright Futures Guidelines on Oral Health (213 KB) to see what oral health care you should expect from your pediatrician
- Find oral health information for children with special health care needs from Family Voices
- Get oral health tips from the National Center on Health