A Child's Diet and Dental Health

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Tips for your child's diet and Dental Health

* Ask your dentist to help you assess your child's diet.
* Avoid stocking your pantry with sugary or starchy snacks.
* Limit the number of snack times. Stick to nutritious snacks * Provide a balanced diet, and save foods with sugar or starch For mealtimes.
* DO NOT put your child to bed with a bottle of formula, milk, or juice.
* Shop for "sugar free" candy or soda.

**Dental Care for Children and Adults with Special Needs**

Pediatric dentists have two or more yrs of advanced training beyond dental school. Their education as specialists focused on care for children with special needs. The offices are designed to be physically accessible for special needs patients. The dentist has education in behavior management, sedation and anesthesia techniques. They will select the best technique based on the specific health needs; discuss the benefits, limits and risks of that technique.

**Dental care for babies**

Start at birth, clean your child's gums with
A soft infant toothbrush or cloth and water.
as soon as the teeth appear, start brushing
2 times a day using fluoride toothpaste and a
soft age appropriate sixed toothbrush.

"Smear" toothpaste to brush the teeth for
children less then 2 yrs old.

"pea-size" amount of toothpaste for 2-5 yrs.
Either perform or assist your child because
they will not do it correctly on their own.

What to expect from the dental visit.

The dentist will examine your child's teeth, gums, and jaw, check for any early signs of problems, show you the right way to clean and care for your child's teeth. ** This is the time to ask how your child's teeth are developing or any questions or concerns you may have. **

How to Become a Pediatric Dentist

3 years of undergrad education is required in order to be admitted to a dental school. Example; major in science. Bachelor’s degree

take the Dental Admission Test. Requires an interview before admissions can be...
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