Welcome to The Times in Plain English   Click to listen highlighted text! Welcome to The Times in Plain English

Start Brushing with Fluoride Toothpaste with First Tooth

February 17, 2014
Plain English Version

The time to start brushing your children’s teeth is when they first get them. The old idea wasbrushing 2 to wait until children were 24 months old.

Using fluoride toothpaste is essential. Fluoride stops tooth decay that leads to cavities. Dentists say that if brushing does not begin as soon as teeth appear, it may lead to lifelong dental health problems.

When the first tooth (commonly called a “baby tooth”) appears, brush  a rice-sized spot of toothpaste on it twice a day. Have the child spit the toothpaste out after a few seconds. If the child is not spitting, wipe it  off  with a wet cloth.

The American Dental Association is recommending that only the tiniest amount of fluoride toothpaste should be used. They say, “By starting early we can reduce a lifetime of disease for a lot of kids.”

The Affordable Care Act is a problem

Experts found a flaw in the dental coverage of the Affordable Care Act. Dental insurance for children is not automatically covered. Parents will have to buy it separately. There is no subsidy available.

This is not true for every plan. For example, some insurance plans in New York and Massachusetts offer pediatric dental coverage.

Parents should check out dental coverage with their health coverage insurer.

Source: The New York Times                February 12, 2014

Print Friendly


Blood Pressure: Do You Need It?

Yes, you do. If you do not have blood pressure, it means you are dead. So we all need blood...

Toddlers and Tantrums

The tantrums of a toddler are normal. Except when they are not. Advice for parents is available from experts.

The Easy Way to Make a Better Child

Reading is the key to life. You cannot be successful in school or on the job without being able to...

Your Child’s Blood Pressure Matters

Most kids do not have their blood pressure taken when they go to the doctor. Many of them will have...


  • dictionary
  • English Dictionary

Double click on any word on the page or type a word:

Powered by dictionarist.com
Click to listen highlighted text!