Your Child's Teeth: A Complete Guide for Parents

Your Child's Teeth: A Complete Guide for Parents

by Evelina Weidman Sterling, Angie Best-Boss


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Children's dental health involves much more than a toothbrush. Dental disease is the number one chronic childhood illness, and avoiding dental disease means paying scrupulous attention to our children's teeth.

In Your Child's Teeth, health writers Evelina Weidman Sterling and Angie Best-Boss team up with pediatric dentists and oral health experts to answer parents' many questions about children's teeth. Topics include:
• how thumb sucking and pacifiers affect teeth
• how to brush your young children's teeth
• how to calm a child who is afraid of the dentist
• how to help special needs children get proper dental care
• how medical problems affect teeth
• how fluoride rinses and dental sealants work
• how a root canal is done
• how to make the orthodontia decision

This book will help parents help children develop good dental habits for a lifetime of healthy teeth—from baby's first tooth to the young adult's shining smile.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421410630
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 11/20/2013
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 1,210,692
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Evelina Weidman Sterling, Ph.D., M.P.H., is an educator in the field of public health and the author of several award-winning books on health. Angie Best-Boss, R.N., is a health writer and patient advocate.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Fern Ingber, M.Ed.
Part I: Introduction
1. A Guide to Your Child's Teeth
2. Basic Care and Cleaning
3. The Dental Visit
4. Preventing Decay and Protecting Teeth
5. Affording Dental Care for Your Child
Part II: Ages and Stages
6. Pregnancy and Your Baby's Teeth
7. Infants and Toddlers (Newborn to Age 4)
8. Early Childhood (Ages 5 to 8)
9. Middle Childhood (Ages 9 to 12)
10. Teenagers and Young Adults (Ages 13+)
11. Children with Special Health Needs
Part III: Dental and Oral Health Problems
12. Tooth Decay
13. Gum Disease
14. Tooth Sensitivity and Pain
15. Conditions of the Mouth, Tongue, and Jaw
16. Orthodontics
17. Tooth Appearance
18. Dental Trauma and Emergencies
19. Oral Surgery, Extractions, and Root Canals
20. Dental Anxiety
Appendix: My Child's Dental Health Record
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What People are Saying About This

John K. Taylor

Parents and other early-life caregivers influence how healthy our mouths will be throughout our lifetime. There is no greater influence on dental health than those who teach us how to care for and maintain our teeth. This book will benefit children by focusing on prevention—the most effective tool for improving dental health.

Fern Ingber

This complete guide to children’s oral health for parents and caregivers is a powerful tool in improving the oral health of our nation and eliminating preventable pediatric dental disease for future generations.

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