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How to Help Your Kids Fight Against Cavities

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Toddler with toothbrushWe all know it’s important to form healthy hygiene habits from an early age — and a specific one is tooth care.  According to the CDC, tooth decay (or cavities) actually “affect children in the United States more than any other chronic infectious disease.”

Dental experts recommend that kids see the dentist by their first birthday, when their teeth are starting to grow, though waiting until they’re 2- or 3-years old is also okay.  Parents should help their children brush and floss until they are old enough, or have developed the fine motor skills, to hold a toothbrush and dental floss on their own.

Guidelines from, a new site from the American Dental Association, recommends these brushing techniques:

  • Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
  • Move the brush back and forth gently in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
  • Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
  • To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes.
  • Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and keep your breath fresh.

Since February is Children’s Dental Health Month, brush up on more “toothy” knowledge.  Check out these Parents features:


Image: One year old baby boy with toothbrush via Shutterstock.

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Be A Hero for Teeth in Need

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

If your child’s losing her baby teeth, chances are the Tooth Fairy has paid a recent visit (or five!) to your house. But don’t assume that little ones’ dental hygiene doesn’t matter just because baby teeth are temporary. Actually, cavities in young kids are a serious medical concern. Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease, and it can set kids up for a mouth full of problems in the future. (For the gory details—and how to save your child’s smile—check out “The Fight Against Cavities” in our February issue.) Practice good oral health habits with your kid, and then help other smiles in need by entering Tom’s of Maine’s “Be a Tooth Fairy Hero” sweepstakes. Have your child draw a picture of the Tooth Fairy, and then submit the drawing by March 15th for a chance to win Tom’s toothpaste for your child’s entire school, and a $10,000 donation on your behalf to a needy dental clinic in your state. For more information, visit

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Parents Daily News Roundup

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

Goody Blog Daily News Roundup

Black Students Face More Discipline, Data Suggests
Black students, especially boys, face much harsher discipline in public schools than other students, according to new data from the Department of Education.

Preschoolers in Surgery for a Mouthful of Cavities
Dentists nationwide are seeing more preschoolers at all income levels with 6 to 10 cavities or more.

The Pros and Cons of Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy
Both antidepressant use and untreated depression in pregnant women may lead to risks for babies. A new study adds data to a troubling problem.

Giving Babies a ‘Strong Start’
In the U.S., more than 500,000 babies are born prematurely each year. But federal health officials are doing something to change that. The Department of Health and Human Services recently announced more than $40 million in grants will be put towards a new initiative aimed at reducing the number of preterm births and early elective deliveries.

Sugar Water Helps Newborns’ Pain, Study Finds
When it comes to soothing preterm newborns’ pain during medical pokes and prods, sugar water seems at least as good as breast milk, according to two studies published Monday.

3-Year-Old Swallows 37 Magnets, Tears Holes in Stomach
A 3-year-old needed surgery after she swallowed 37 magnets, KPTV reported. Payton Bushnell of Portland, Ore., ripped a hole in her stomach and three in her lower intestine after she ate 37 Rare Earth Buckyball magnets, according to the TV station.

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