ADA Releases Essential List Of “Tooth-Truths.”

In honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month in February, the American Dental Association provides a list of “tooth-truths” in a release on PRNewswire (1/30) to help parents and caregivers know essential items about their children’s teeth. The ADA notes teeth usually begin erupting between 6 and 12 months of age, and as soon as teeth begin to appear, they should be brushed with a fluoride toothpaste. Children younger than three need a “smear of toothpaste,” while children three or older can use “a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.” Parents should brush their child’s teeth twice a day until they are comfortable their child can brush on his or her own. Parents also should floss between “any teeth that touch.” First dental visits should occur after a child’s “first tooth appears, but no later than the first birthday.” In addition, the ADA states “drinking water with fluoride...has been shown to reduce cavities by 25 percent.”