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Parents Guide to Baby Teeth

How To Prepare Your Child for a Lifetime of Smiles


Updated February 24, 2010

This parent's guide to baby teeth will help you prepare yourself, and your little one, for the long-term commitment to oral hygiene. From brushing and flossing, to the monumental experience of losing his first baby tooth, learn how to teach your child about why oral hygiene is important -- and prepare him for the joys (and pain) of losing his baby teeth.

Why Baby Teeth Are More Important Than You Might Think

Even though your child is going to lose his baby teeth, did you know that those teeth are an extremely important part of your little one's overall health and wellness? Before your child begins to lose baby teeth, find out why they are so important.

Oral Hygiene for Infants

The foundation for good oral health care begins well before the baby teeth begin to appear. Learn how to care for your infant's mouth before and after.

Brushing for Big Kids and Beyond

Children are little sponges with a great thirst for knowledge. Many children prefer to learn by doing things themselves, with limited help from you. On the other hand, some children prefer to learn by watching you do the task at hand. Regardless of your child's preference, when it comes to brushing and flossing your little one's teeth, the key is ensuring proper technique.

The Transition From Baby Teeth to Adult Teeth

The first wiggly tooth brings along an exciting adventure for both you and your child. Be prepared for the transition from baby teeth to adult teeth by following this guide.

The Magical Tooth Fairy

You simply can't have a lost tooth without the arrival of the Tooth Fairy. From her very first lost tooth all the way down the road to her last, take a look at these creative ways to help make the fabled character's visit the most magical experience for your child.
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