Preventing cavities is easy and important. Establishing healthy habits in early childhood will create a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Teaching children about cavities (early childhood caries, tooth decay) can help them create healthy lifestyles and prevent tooth pain and oral disease.
Brochures for Parents
Resources for Caregivers and Educators
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Resources for Parents
Remember that children should start seeing a dentist when their
first tooth "erupts" or they have their first birthday.
Teeth Brushing Playlist
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's Parent Page
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry's FAQs and Answers
Brush, Book, Bed - Healthy Nighttime Routines
Cavity Free Kids
Center for Children's Health - Oral Health Page
Delta Dental's Parent Resources
Fast Facts for Parents - English and Spanish
Fluoride Varnish - What Parents Need to Know
Healthy Children's Oral Health Page
Tooth Fairy Tips: Information and Print Outs for Parents - English and Spanish
A Resource Guide to Oral Health Services for Children and Adolescents with Special Health Care Needs
Children's Books About Teeth, Oral Health, and Visiting the Dentist
Whether it's a book before bedtime or something your child can enjoy reading on their own, the titles below are some well-known books that teach about oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist.
- Brush, Brush, Brush by Alicia Padron
- Just Going to the Dentist (Little Critter) by Mercer Mayer
- Open Wide: Tooth School Inside by Laurie Keller
- Sammy the Centipede Goes to the Dentist by Maria Luchsinger
- The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stan and Jan Berenstain
- The Tooth Book by Dr. Seuss
- Throw Your Tooth on the Roof: Tooth Traditions from Around the World by Selby Beeler
- Walter Wolf Goes to the Dentist (Kindle only) by Leela Hope
- What If You Had Animal Teeth? by Sandra Markle
- Why Do I Brush My Teeth? by Angela Royston
- Oral Health Books for Children - book list, PDF