From the Texas Oral Health Coalition, Inc.
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Taking Care of Your Child's Teeth


Sucking is a natural reflex and infants and young children may suck on thumbs, pacifiers and other objects. However, if your child continues to thumb suck after the permanent teeth have come in, it can cause problems with tooth alignment and bite.

If you are worried about your child’s sucking habits, talk to your dentist or consult your child's pediatrician.
For more information visit
ADA Mouth Healthy
The Root of Tooth Decay
Root of Tooth Decay
Brushing Your Toddler's Teeth
  • Begin brushing your child's teeth when the first tooth comes in
  • Let your child watch you brush your teeth and mimic what you do to help learn proper technique
  • Use a soft bristled brush and no more than pea-sized dab of toothpaste
  • Follow up by brushing and flossing after your child has their turn
  • Children's teeth brushing should be supervised until 8 years of age
Family brushing teeth
For more information visit Brushing and Flossing Children's Teeth or Parents - ADA
Tips for Parents for Kid's Healthy Teeth
Tips for Parents

Dental Visits

Help Your Child not be Afraid of the Dentist
  • "Forget your own dental demons."
  • Don't say, 'Don't worry. It won't hurt.'
  • "Opt for a pediatric dentist" they have more training specifically to work with kids.
  • See the dentist early, seeing a dentist before problems start can help minimize anxiety.
  • Get close to your child, hold their hand, but don't do much talking. Let the dentist get to know your child and vice versa.
  • "Take it slow with kids prone to gagging".
  • Have a distraction to take their mind of the exam.
"Your Child's First Visit to the Dentist"
Child's First Dental Visit


Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me
Healthy Teeth, Healthy Me
Tools and Activties from Sesame Street

"Caring for young children's teeth is an important part of keeping their bodies healthy—and it's never too early to get started! Strong first or baby teeth set the stage for strong permanent teeth, and help children play, learn, and grow. These tips and tools were designed to help you and your child care for her teeth together. "
"A Healthy Smile Starts Now
Children's Dental Health Statistics"
Children's Oral Health Statistics



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Texas Oral Health Coalition