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Infants and children – Healthy Smile is Easy

Mar. 18th 2010
The first set of teeth is already almost completely formed at birth. At first these teeth are “hiding” under the gums. These teeth are important, because after they come in, they let your baby chew food, make a nice smile and talk well. You baby’s first set of teeth also holds the space where permanent teeth will eventually be. They help permanent teeth grow in straight.

You can care for your baby’s teeth by following these suggestions:

  • Clean the new teeth every day. When the teeth first come in, clean them by rubbing them gently with a clean wet washcloth. When the teeth are bigger, use a child’s toothbrush.
  • Children under 2 years of age shouldn’t use toothpaste. Instead, use water to brush your child’s teeth.
  • Don’t let your baby go to sleep with a bottle. This can leave milk or juice sitting on the teeth and cause cavities that are known as “baby-bottle tooth decay.”
  • Encourage older children to eat low-sugar snacks, such as fruits, cheese and vegetables. Avoid giving your child sticky, chewy candy.
  • Teach your children how to brush their teeth and the importance of keeping their teeth clean.
  • Take your children to the dentist regularly. The American Dental Association recommends that children see their dentist starting at 1 year of age.


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Kids Deserve a Healthy Start in Life: Keeping Their Teeth Clean

Dec. 16th 2009

Every child deserves a healthy start in life, but when it comes to oral health, many children face significant challenges. Children in low-income families tend to have higher rates of tooth decay and have greater difficulty accessing ongoing basic dental care. Some key points that highlight the severity of the problem include:

  • Over 40% – 50% of children will be affected by tooth decay before age 5.
  • A trip to the emergency room for crisis care is the first “dental visit” for over 25% of children seen in a children’s hospital.
  • Of the 4 million children born each year, more than half will have cavities by the time they reach second grade.
  • While 9 million children in this nation do not have medical insurance, more than twice that number — 23 million — do not have dental insurance.
  • Oral health issues affect children in poverty and minorities far more than other groups.
  • According to the May 2000 Surgeon General’s report, Oral Health in America, more than 51 million school hours are lost each year to dental-related conditions.

These statistics are staggering! And they are the very reason HSHC has partnered with the AAPD and the Office of Head Start on the Head Start Dental Home Initiative. It is also the reason the Grants and Programs Committee of the HSHC Board of Trustees has worked tirelessly to develop a new service-based focus for the Foundation. HSHC will address key barriers to comprehensive quality oral health care for all children — specifically Access to Care. In addition, the Foundation will invest in research through our new Oral Health Research Grants and the Future Dental Researcher Fellowship, to ensure that we can provide the most up-to-date science and evidence-based care to all children.

 Through these new initiatives, Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children is poised to be the leading advocate for children’s oral health care.


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