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Oral Health Made Simple: Your Prescription For Knowledge
 PREVENT PROBLEMS
Small BoxAll About Cavities
Small BoxBrushing and Flossing
Small BoxFluoride
Small BoxMouth-Healthy Eating
Small BoxSealants
Small BoxTaking Care of Your Teeth
Small BoxTobacco
Small BoxYour Dental Visit
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 CONDITIONS
Small BoxBad Breath
Small BoxCavities
Small BoxCold Sores
Small BoxDry Mouth
Small BoxImpacted Tooth
Small BoxSensitive Teeth
Small BoxTMJ
Small BoxTooth Discoloration
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 TREATMENTS
Small BoxCrowns
Small BoxDentures
Small BoxFillings: The Basics
Small BoxGum Surgery
Small BoxImplants
Small BoxRoot Canal Treatment
Small BoxScaling and Root Planing
Small BoxWhitening
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 GENERAL TOPICS
Small BoxControlling Pain
Small BoxCosmetic Dentistry
Small BoxEmergencies
Small BoxFill, Repair, Replace
Small BoxKids And Teens
Small BoxOral Health and Your Body
Small BoxOrthodontics
Small BoxPeriodontics
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Step 2 Understand ConditionsSimplestepsUnderstand Conditions
Step 3 Explore TreatmentsSimplestepsExplore Treatments

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Information to guide you through your baby's first dental visit to the teen-age years.
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The Cavity Predictor: Is Your Child at Risk?arrow pointing right
Some kids definitely get more cavities than others. Learn whether your child has a high risk of cavities and what you can do about it.
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Endodontic Treatment in Childrenarrow pointing right
Endodontic treatment involves the material in the center of the tooth, called the pulp.
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Columbia Commentary:
Baby Teeth -- Save Them or Pull Them?
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Yes, baby teeth are "going to fall out anyway," but there are good reasons to save a decayed or diseased tooth if you can.
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Sedation Techniques for Childrenarrow pointing right
Various sedation techniques are available for children who have trouble relaxing or sitting still long enough for dental treatment.
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A Parent's Guide to Tooth Eruptionarrow pointing right
Check out our animated guide to learn about tooth development, possible problems and keeping your child's teeth and mouth healthy.
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Oral Hygiene and Your Teenagerarrow pointing right
The teenage years can be tough on teeth.
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Your Child's Moutharrow pointing right
Primary teeth can get a serious form of tooth decay. And what happens as primary teeth fall out to make room for permanent teeth?
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Can Pacifiers and Baby Bottles Ruin My Baby's Teeth?arrow pointing right
Baby-bottle tooth decay can be very serious.
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Your Infant's Moutharrow pointing right
Even before teeth begin to erupt, it's important to clean your baby's mouth. Learn how, and find out more about teething and sucking habits.
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Tongue Piercing Not That Risky, But Things Can Go Wrongarrow pointing right
If you're going for a hole in your tongue, you might want to be aware of what can go wrong.
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Cleaning Your Child's Mouth and Teetharrow pointing right
Find out the best way to keep you child's teeth clean, and when you can start letting him or her take on the chore.
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Are You Feeding Your Kids Tooth-Friendly Foods?arrow pointing right
How often your children eat is as important as what they eat.
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Brushing Your Child's Teeth (Video)arrow pointing right
Learn the best ways to keep your child's teeth and mouth clean and healthy.
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Early Orthodontics May Mean Less Treatment Laterarrow pointing right
More and more children are undergoing orthodontic treatment early to correct problems as teeth develop.
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Toothpaste, Toothbrushes and Morearrow pointing right
Which kinds of toothbrushes and toothpastes should your child use? What about electrical devices and mouthwashes?
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Sports Safety: Avoiding Tooth and Mouth Injuryarrow pointing right
Protect your mouth and teeth when you participate in sports.
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Your Child's Age 1 Visitarrow pointing right
A common question new parents have is "When should my child first see a dentist?"
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Columbia Commentary:
Brushing Kids' Teeth and the Risks of Tasty Toothpaste
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Children's toothpastes are made to taste good, but many kids still aren't ready to brush alone. Swallowing fluoride toothpaste can discolor developing teeth.
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X-Rays for Childrenarrow pointing right
When should X-rays be taken of your child's teeth?
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Columbia Commentary: Let's Expand Gains in Oral Health to All Childrenarrow pointing right
A government research report shows improvements in U.S. oral health. Unfortunately, the health of baby teeth appears to be getting worse.
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Fluoridearrow pointing right
Fluoride is a mineral added to toothpaste and some drinking water to make teeth stronger.
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Columbia Commentary:
Breastfeeding and Tooth Decay, a Complex Issue
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Breast milk contains chemicals known to protect teeth, yet some studies suggest that breastfeeding in some cases may contribute to early tooth decay.
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Sealants For Childrenarrow pointing right
A sealant is a clear or tinted plastic protective coating that is painted onto the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars), the area where most cavities form.
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Columbia Commentary: The Boy Who Died From a Toothachearrow pointing right
The death of a 12-year-old boy from complications of a neglected toothache is a tragedy that should never be repeated.
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Repairing Children's Teetharrow pointing right
When dentists talk about restoring a tooth, they are referring to any procedure that returns the tooth to its original shape and function.
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Additional Resourcesarrow pointing right
Organizations and agencies to contact for more information.
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