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Pediatric Dental Health. Dana Gonzalez EEC4731. The Importance of Deciduous Teeth in Young Children. Chewing The spacing of permanent teeth Shaping of the jaw bone Speech development Health, Safety & Nutrition for the Young Child – Marotz , Cross, Rush (p 35).

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Pediatric dental health

Pediatric Dental Health

Dana Gonzalez

EEC4731


The importance of deciduous teeth in young children
The Importance of Deciduous Teeth in Young Children

  • Chewing

  • The spacing of permanent teeth

  • Shaping of the jaw bone

  • Speech development

  • Health, Safety & Nutrition for the Young Child – Marotz, Cross, Rush (p 35)


Keeping young children s teeth healthy
Keeping Young Children’s Teeth Healthy

  • Proper diet

  • Toothbrushing and flossing

  • Regular dental exams

  • Fluoride treatments

  • Health, Safety & Nutrition for the Young Child – Marotz, Cross, Rush (p 35)

  • CDC.gov/OralHealth/


Introducing children to good oral hygiene practices
Introducing Children to Good Oral Hygiene Practices

  • Provide a size appropriate soft bristle toothbrush

  • Store toothbrush in child’s reach

  • Provide an accessible sink

  • Demonstrate proper toothbrushing technique

  • Utilize a reward chart

  • Health, Safety & Nutrition for the Young Child – Marotz, Cross, Rush (p 35)


First dental visit
First Dental Visit

  • Recommended as early as one year of age, but no later than two years of age

  • Help children become acquainted with dental staff, routines and cleanings before any painful dental procedures

  • Schedule routine check-ups every 6 months

  • Health, Safety & Nutrition for the Young Child – Marotz, Cross, Rush (p 35)

  • CDC.gov/OralHealth/


How can teachers help
How Can Teachers Help?

  • Invite a local dentist or hygienist to visit the class and answer student’s questions

  • Encourage healthy diet and hygiene

  • Provide books and photos about the dentist

  • Perform regular health checks on students.


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