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Benefits news: Caring for your children's teeth

Aug 10, 2015

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends bringing your child to the dentist before his or her first birthday.  At this initial visit, the dentist will:

  • Check your child's teeth for decay and signs of early developmental problems.
  • Explain how to care for your child's teeth.
  • Answer any questions or concerns you might have.

Children should visit the dentist every six months. To help your child develop a positive attitude about the dentist:

  • Take your child with you when you go from your check-ups.
  • Avoid using negative words such as needle or hurt.
  • "Play Dentist" to familiarize your child with what takes place during a visit.
  • Ask your dentist how he or she explains procedures to the children.
  • Answer your child's questions honestly and sensitively.

With a parent's guidance and proper personal and professional care, children have a good foundation for maintaining healthy teeth.

There are many great articles on the Delta Dental website at Also check out the latest issue of

Grin magazine  Grin! e-magazine for fun oral health news and tips. And help your children learn about dental health the fun way at the Just for kids! website. Find dental health tips, games and stories for kids & health education materials for teachers.

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