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Keeping that smile takes work – but there’s no rule that says you can’t have fun, too!

Making sure your child’s teeth are taken care of goes past good brushing. A lot comes down to what they’re eating, too! The key is in variety. There’s no need to stick with a few food groups when there are so many healthy options. Here are a few tips to help make the shift towards your child’s healthy smile:

Brushing Together

Now your child has their first toothbrush, it’s time to make sure they know how to use it! Of course, they’ll have opinions on how they want to brush their teeth. It’s important to help guide them in the right direction, though. Fortunately, this is something the two of you should do together!

Here are a few ways that you both can be proactive together and learn a few good habits along the way – together:

My First Toothbrush

Your little one isn’t so little anymore!

They’re testing boundaries more often. They want to do things for themselves. At 4-5 your child will be able to handle their very own toothbrush without any extra help – but for now, they still need your help picking one out and learning to use it.

My Gap Grin

What defines your child’s smile?

Maybe it’s how wide it spreads, or how it’s held back and shy. Maybe she tilts her head, or scrunches her nose.

When your child loses both front teeth, they’ve reached another defining moment in their little smile – yes, another Smilestone!

Here are a few fast facts about this special smile – and some information you can share with your child:

First Dentist Appointment

Healthy teeth allow your baby to chew food and talk. They also help shape your baby’s face and hold space open for adult teeth to grow in—adult teeth are bigger than baby teeth, so they need lots of space. When you take care of your baby’s teeth by brushing at home and going for checkups at the dentist, dental visits become a way to prevent cavities instead of just treating them when they happen.

Brushing Together

Now your child has their first toothbrush, it’s time to make sure they know how to use it! Of course, they’ll have ideas on how they want to brush their teeth. It’s important to help guide them in the right direction, though. Fortunately, this is something the two of you should do together!

Here are a few ways that you both can be smart about healthy smiles together and learn a few good habits along the way – together:

Lost My First Tooth

It finally happened – they lost their first tooth!

As soon as your child’s teeth start coming in, you know the day is going to come when they smile wide and show off those adorable empty spaces. Their smile is changing before your eyes.

When your child’s first tooth falls out, they’ll have a lot of questions. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered! Here you’ll find some fun and useful facts that will guide you from their first loose tooth to their brand new smile:

My First Teeth

It's such an exciting moment when your baby flashes a smile and you see tiny, pearl-white teeth start to appear! Although the teething process can cause a baby to be fussy,  it signals an important moment in their growth and dental care. It also means the beginning of full, healthy smiles! Here are some really great tips for this big Smilestone:

The 2nd Smilestone - Teething Toddlers

The first step toward your baby's full, bright smile can be a bit of a pain. Literally! We're talking about Teething, of course.

Teething can start any time between ages 3 and 12 months. Most babies begin teething around the age of 6 months. As primary teeth come through, your baby might become cranky, drool more, not want to eat solid foods, have sore gums or swollen gums, and chew on things to ease the pressure from the tooth pushing through the gum.

The 1st Smilestone - Gummy Smiles

A healthy smile is a lifelong journey! As children grow and develop healthy smiles, we get to see – and celebrate! – these moments, called Smilestones. Beginning with healthy habits at home, to your child's changing smile and healthy dental care, Smilestones help highlight specific moments that you should be aware of as your child's teeth grow in. Think of it as a checklist to remind you of all of the healthy habits that guide your little ones on the road to bright, grown-up smiles.

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