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ADA brochures instruct parents on children's oral health

The ADA has a collection of brochures that aid dentists in explaining children's oral health to parents, whether the children are babies or preteens.

When school lets out for the summer, it's an opportune time to schedule dental visits with the littlest patients. Here are details on how ADA brochures can help prepare parents for their children's oral health care:

• Your Child's Teeth: Helpful Tips for Parents and Caregivers (W177).

Starting with expectant mothers, this brochure imparts advice for parents, including encouraging them to identify a dental home for their babies. The brochure has advice for parents of children up to age 12 and covers teething, early childhood caries, thumb sucking, nutrition, fluoride, sealants, bite development and injury prevention. It provides instruction and illustrations for home oral care techniques for children and emphasizes the importance of regular dental visits. It features updated dentition charts and a dental emergencies section to tear and save.

• Your Child's Teeth from Birth to Age 6 (W236).

Highlights include the importance of first dental visits for babies before age 1. Includes an updated primary dentition chart, tips for teething, diet and proper hygiene advice to prevent cavities. It also discusses fluoride and managing sucking habits. Illustrations include step-by-step brushing and flossing photos and photos of decay in primary teeth.

• Your Child's Teeth from Ages 6 to 12 (W239).

For parents of older children, this brochure touches on oral development, the role of a healthy diet, sealants, hygiene, fluoride, malocclusion and injury prevention. It includes an updated permanent dentition chart plus step-by-step brushing and flossing photos.

All three brochures are available with tiered pricing. A pack of 50 is $27 for members and $40.50 at retail.

From now until July 15, use priority code 13126 to receive a 15 percent discount on all ADA Catalog products. More information is available at ADAcatalog.org or call 1-800-947-4746.