Caring for Your Child's Teeth - FamilyEducation

Teething and Dental Care

Good health starts with healthy teeth, and little one's new teeth are very important. Find tips on keeping your toddler's new munchers healthy while teaching him proper dental hygiene.

Brush Baby's Gums?

Learn whether there's anything special you need to do to your baby's gums before the teeth appear. read more

Brush the Tooth

Brush the Tooth Activity for an individual child Age group: 18-40 months Duration of activity: 10 minutes Materials: 1 sheet yellow construction paper Scissors White tempera paint An old toothbrush It is never too early to teach your child about the importance of good dental hygiene. read more

Caring for Your Baby's Teeth

Caring for Your Baby's Teeth Unless your baby develops some problem with her teeth, you won't need to take her on her first visit to a dentist until she is two or three years old. But just because she isn't yet seeing a dentist doesn't mean that you should neglect dental care. read more

Caring for Your Toddler's Teeth

Caring for Your Toddler's Teeth What's the point of taking good care of "baby teeth"? After all, they're only going to fall out anyway, right? True, but baby teeth do matter. They determine the placement and spacing of adult teeth and help to develop the jaw and a proper bite. So caring for your child's baby teeth is important. read more

Dental Care for Preschoolers

Dental Care for Preschoolers Try to get your preschooler to drink some water after snacks and lunch. This helps rinse her mouth between brushings. Q-tip Use "disclosing" tablets (which color areas of plaque) or apply a drop of food coloring on your child's teeth with a cotton swab. That way, your child can brush away the color and see for herself what a good job of toothbrushing she does. read more

Easing Teething Pain

Giving a baby something hard to chew on can help to ease teething pain. read more

Eleven-Month-Old Hasn't Cut Teeth

The first tooth usually erupts (come through the gums) between 5 to 7 months, although it can be as early as 3 months and as late as 15 months. At 11 months of age, you need not worry that your nephew has not cut any teeth. read more

Make-Believe Dentist

Make-Believe DentistMaterials Cup with water Bowl for spitting Paper napkin Flashlight Toothbrush Small toys for "prizes"Directions read more

Rubber Egg: How Cavities Form

Rubber Egg: How Cavities FormChemical reactions occur inside our bodies all the time. If your child has trouble remembering to brush his teeth, this activity is a great way to show him how cavities form. Materials Egg Small container Vinegar Chicken bone Directions read more

Tips on Toddler Teething

Tips on Toddler Teething Q-tip Don't try to soothe your teething child with a bottle (or breast). Because sucking may cause even more pain, avoid bottle-feeding if at all possible. Offer your baby a cup instead. read more

Tooth Development

There is a lot of variation in the normal eruption time for children's teeth. read more

Your Baby and Teething

Your Baby and Teething Babyproofing If you use a teether that contains gel, be sure to examine it regularly for cracking or other signs of wear and tear. read more