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Is Fluoride Toothpaste Safe For Babies?

The short answer is yes – as soon as you can see your child’s first tooth. Historically, the American Dental Association (ADA) advised caregivers to brush their baby’s teeth with water and wait to use fluoride toothpaste until age 2. However, the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs recently updated their recommendation. Instead of waiting until […]

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Fluoridated Water: A Public Health Initiative

While the state of Arizona does not mandate water fluoridation, many local municipalities, including Bisbee, Phoenix, Tempe and Yuma, add fluoride to their water supplies. Other communities, such as Scottsdale, don’t because they may use water sources with naturally occurring fluoride. So what’s the big deal with water fluoridation, and why is it so important […]

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6 Crafts to Celebrate Your Child’s First Loose Tooth

Your child’s first loose tooth is an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime experience that should be celebrated! Here are 6 cute and crafty ways to get your kids excited about their soon-to-be toothless grin. Tooth box: A personalized tooth box is the perfect place to keep teeth before the Tooth Fairy arrives! Tooth fairy doors: A small dollhouse […]

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Guiding Your Child’s First Steps to Good Dental Health

Raising a child is a series of firsts – first step, first word, first tooth. As a parent, it’s important to start your child on a good dental routine at a young age. Here are 8 tips to help you get started: Avoid baby-bottle tooth decay by filling your child’s bottle with milk or water […]

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Tooth Fairy Loosens Her Purse Strings in 2013

The Tooth Fairy was a lot more generous in 2013 than the year before, with the going rate for a lost baby tooth rising more than 44% from 2012 levels. The average gift for a lost baby tooth last year was $3.50, up $1.08 from the prior year, according to The Original Tooth Fairy Poll®. […]

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7 Ways to Prevent Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Although they are only temporary, your child’s baby teeth are important and are still susceptible to cavities. Tooth decay in babies and toddlers is often referred to as baby bottle tooth decay or baby bottle rot, or more clinically, early childhood caries. Children need strong, healthy teeth for speech development, to chew their food and […]

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Arizona Dental Organizations Participating in Give Kids a Smile Day

450,000 That’s the number of children who will benefit from more than 1,500 nationwide dental service events through the Give Kids a Smile program. The American Dental Association (ADA) began the Give Kids A Smile program in 2003 as a way for dentists to join with others in the community to provide dental services to […]

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Arizona Dental Mission of Mercy

Many low-income adults lack dental insurance coverage and even more have to delay any dental because of the costs and other more pressing basic needs. Originating in Virginia and spreading throughout the United States, more than 70 Mission of Mercy (MOM) programs have been held since 2000 to provide free dental services to local residents […]

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Why the ACA cares about your kids’ teeth (and you should too!)

Studies show that good oral health helps maintain full body wellness. Regular checkups with your dentist can prevent decay and detect disease before it spreads. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Federal government formally recognizes the importance of dental care – at least for children. Congress has established children’s dental coverage […]

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Fill ‘Em Up: 2 Tips for Healthy Halloween Teeth

The day of indulgence is finally here. If your kids are like most, they have probably been talking about all the candy they’re going to eat. Your child may even have a list of which candies he will eat first, followed by a second and third choice. While we will not tell you to deprive […]

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