Simple Steps To Better Dental Health
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Featuring consumer information from Columbia School of Dental & Oral Surgery
Oral Health Made Simple: Your Prescription For Knowledge
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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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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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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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
Small BoxSeniors
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Step 1 Prevent ProblemsSimplestepsPrevent Problems
Step 2 Understand ConditionsSimplestepsUnderstand Conditions
Step 3 Explore TreatmentsSimplestepsExplore Treatments

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Illustration created by Simple Steps designer Michael Becker
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  • Roll your mouse over the gray area to highlight permanent teeth.
  • Click on an age range in the bottom bar to view developments during that period. To toggle between illustrations, click on the ages under View Illustrations on the right side.
  • Click on What to Ask the Dentist in the green area to view questions you should ask your dentist or pediatrician for each age range. These can be printed.
  • Use the blue arrows to scroll to view more information.
  • Click on one of the Potential Problems in the yellow area to view more information and a picture.

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This tool was reviewed for clinical accuracy by dental professionals at the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. The tooth-eruption process depicted in this tool represents the average. Individuals often vary. This tool is intended to be used for information purposes only and is not meant to be used as a substitute for professional assessment or advice. Contact your dentist or health care professional with any questions or concerns about oral health.
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