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!
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.
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.
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.
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