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February 2013 • #46
A Note from the Medical Editor

The best way to protect your child’s teeth is to teach good dental habits right from the start. Your pediatrician can help to teach you how to take care of children’s teeth until they can see a dentist.  Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that all children see a dentist comfortable caring for young children by age one. Then, make sure your youngster continues to have dental checkups twice a year as they grow.

Remember, diet also plays a role in healthy teeth. Limit sugary snacks and drinks, and keep in mind that nothing but water should be put in a bottle or sippy cup between meals and at bed or naptime. A healthy diet combined with tooth brushing and seeing a dentist will keep your kiddos smiling bright.

Happy Brushing!
~Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP
Medical Editor,
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