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It is very important to care for your baby's teeth and oral health from birth. Their teeth are the placeholders for their permanent teeth to come in later on, and they also help your baby to speak and eat.

To help prevent or reduce tooth decay, it is essential to begin practicing healthy habits at an early stage. From birth to age six months of age, wrap a damp washcloth around your finger and gently massage the gum tissues. This will help create healthy gums and teeth as they begin to appear. Always remember to never put your baby to bed with a bottle of milk or juice, as this could lead to decay of their teeth.

Your baby will most likely get his/her first tooth between the ages of six to eight months. It is essential to care for his/her ...

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Halloween is the holiday that the majority of kids look forward to! Therefore, we wanted to give you some tips in how to enjoy the holiday and, at the same time, take good care of your teeth:

1. Give out healthier treats. Avoid giving trick-or-treaters candies that are sour (high in acidity, which erodes tooth enamel), sticky or chewy (leaves sugars directly on the teeth for prolonged periods) or hard (choking hazard for young kids and can cause tooth damage). There are many options for healthy snacks including things like cereal bars, pretzels or granola bars. Even a plain chocolate bar is a better option than sour, sticky or hard candies

2. Perform the “safety check.” Take a look when your child returns from trick-or-treating to ensure there are no dangerous items in their collection. Include your child in this process to explain the decisions you make and allow them to learn good habits.

3. Sort it out. Encourage your child to eat the healthier treats and avoid hard, sour or chewy candies like jawbreakers or caramels. These candies have high acidity and/or stick to the teeth longer, which can cause more damage.

4. Limit availability. Candy should be enjoyed, but moderation is important. Have your child choose 15 or so of their favorites and remove the rest.

5. Donate or store away extra candy. Consider donating candy or keep it stored away.

6. Brush-up after consuming. Set a specific time of the day for candy consumption and then have your child follow-up by brushing his or her teeth. This is much healthier than allowing your child’s teeth to be continuously exposed to sugary or acidic treats throughout the day.

Although Halloween is a great opportunity to start employing these practices, don’t stop there! Continue to follow these recommendations throughout the year so your children can develop good dental hygiene habits while still enjoying their treats in moderation.

Who doesn't love quick and easy snacks that are nutritious and delicious for summertime?! Often times, parents wonder what kinds of healthy snacks to pack for their children that they will actually eat and enjoy. Here at GLAD, we let parents know that a nutritious diet is essential for overall healthy oral hygiene. There are many options for quick and simple healthy summertime recipes that are full of nutritional ingredients that will keep children fueled for all of their summertime activities, camps, and play dates! Some of our favorite snacks are: 1.) Bagel Gone Bananas 2.) Tortilla Pizzas 3.) Little Dippers 4.) Fruit Pie 5.) Cucumber Boats

Recipes:

1.)Bagel Gone Bananas: 2 tablespoons natural nut butter (almond or peanut), 1 teaspoo...

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