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did you know?

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease faced by young children.

46% of young children in Cochise County have experienced tooth decay*

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease faced by young children.

46% of young children in Cochise County have experienced tooth decay*

Tooth decay early in life puts kids at risk for all sorts of future problems:

  • Damaged permanent teeth
  • Impaired speech development
  • Reduced self-esteem

but here is great news!

Much of this can be avoided with a dental care regimen that starts early.

All it takes is a little knowledge, a solid plan, and awesome caregivers like you!

S is for Smile

And that’s what happens with strong, healthy teeth.

Good lifelong habits start with the very first tooth. That’s where you come in.

Children should see a dentist when they get their first tooth or by their first birthday.

Healthy baby teeth help your child talk, eat and create strong, permanent teeth.

Here’s how to keep smiles healthy and happy at every age!

Baby Brushing Teeth

do your part

Infant and Toddler:

Use a soft washcloth to clean gums and teeth every day, because cleaning gums should be done even before the first tooth.

Use your child’s health benefits, including AHCCCS, to choose a trusted dental provider for regular visits.

Soothe teething pain by gently rubbing gums with a clean finger, cold washcloth or chilled teething ring.

Preschooler:

Remember to help children brush their teeth. Set up regular dental visits where you can learn about common concerns such as thumb-sucking and mouth injuries.

School-age child:

Create brushing and flossing routines and help out when needed. During your regular dental visits, ask about caring for baby teeth or new, permanent teeth. On anything from chewing gum to sports mouth guards, your dental provider can offer advice.

bristle basics

Here are some handy-dandy toothbrush tips:

  • Use toothbrushes with small heads and soft bristles
  • Rinse the toothbrush after use to keep germs away
  • Change the toothbrush about once every three months or right away if the bristles aren’t straight or your child has been sick
Elmo with Toothbrush

Helpful ways to build healthy habits.

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Videos

Coloring pages

Healthy Teeth Coloring Book

Healthy Teeth Coloring Book

Super Teeth Certificate

Super Teeth Certificate

Send a Smile

Send a Smile

Let's Pretend

Let's Pretend

Activities

Super Brushing Zone

Super Brushing Zone

Tooth Cafe

Tooth Cafe

A-maze-ing Apples

A-maze-ing Apples

My Healthy Week

My Healthy Week

*First Things First Children’s Oral Health Report, 2016.
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