A bright smile begins long before the first tooth appears. Parent and caregiver help is important for children to develop healthy teeth. Read on for information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about caring for your child’s teeth.

Sucking on a pacifier, thumb, or fingers may affect the shape of the mouth or how teeth are lining up.

Pediatric dentists have special training to provide routine dental care for children and can care for children with complicated oral health problems. They are specialists in the care of children’s teeth and mouth problems, especially when

You can find a pediatric dentist in your area on the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry website at www.aapd.org. Some family dentists are trained to provide care for children without complicated problems. There are also many family dentists who provide preventive care to healthy children.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s...

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