Parents want the best for their children ~ including good oral health

Throughout the world, parents want the best for their children, and this includes good oral health that will provide them with a beautiful smile.
The basis for good oral health at all ages lies in:
  1. A healthy, well balanced diet, rich in natural ingredients and limiting the foods and drinks with added sugars. Cavities grow when sweet foods and starches or their left-overs stay in the mouth for long periods of time. Limiting snacking to fruits and vegetables and eating naturally sweet foods and drinks with meals are recommended to avoid cavities and staying healthy.
  2. Helping your child brush the teeth twice a day with an age appropriate amount of  fluoride toothpaste from the eruption of the first tooth.
  3. Establish a dental home when the child grows the first tooth or by the first birthday. A dental home is a continuous relationship with a dental practitioner where the child can receive all the care they could need.
Not surprisingly, parents often have other questions about gaining and maintaining the oral health of their children.
We have divided the questions and answers into periods from birth to age 2, the preschool period from ages 3 to 6, the early mixed dentition period from ages 6 to 9, and the late mixed dentition stages from 10 years and upwards. 

About the book: Let Me Ask You, Doc

The format of this section is based on a book written by by A/Prof. Richard P. Widmer and Professor Emeritus Gerald Z. Wright for the 20th Congress of the International Association of Dentistry Congress, Sydney, Australia. The content and recommendations have been updated (December, 2016) as to provide the latest information based on scientific evidence concerning the oral health of children. Revisions were done by the Scientific Committee of IAPD: Dr. Carolina Medina (Venezuela), Dr. Kevin Donly (USA), Dr. Seung-June Jeon (Korea), Dr. Martine Van Germet-Schriks (Neatherlands), Dr. Lola Orenuga (Nigeria), Dr Luciane Costa (Brazil), Dr. Anna Fuks (Israel), Dr. Jan Ching Chun Hu (USA), Dr. Nicky Kilpatrick (Australia). Chaired by Dr. Yasmi O Crystal (USA) and edited by Dr. Anne O’Connell (Ireland) 


The International Association of Paediatric Dentistry (IAPD) is a non-profit organization founded in 1969, with the objective to contribute to the progress and promotion of oral health for children around the globe.

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IAPD has now 64 National Member Societies and represents more than 15,000 dentists.

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