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In our North Texas region, 88% of parents believe preventive dental care is important, but only 75% realize that dental health also affects our overall health. An important fact we'd like to draw attention to is that 10% of children are not getting all the dental care they need. At Cook Children's, we want to change that. We know that children with dental problems have poorer general health and we want to help them improve by sharing information from our experts and the community.
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How to find a dentist
If you're searching for a dentist, our family resource brochure is a quick and easy way to find low/no cost dental resources in Tarrant County and the surrounding areas.
Preparing for a dental visit
Some kids like going to the dentist, but others might be afraid of a visit to the dental office. If your child is worried or fearful, a little preparation before the visit can be especially helpful. Here are a few tips to help make the experience easier for your child and for you.
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Baby teeth do matter
¡Los dientes de leche SI important!
Oral health care for mom and baby
Salud oral para mamá y bebé
Lift the Lip
Elevante el labio
Active kids, healthy teeth
Dientes sanos en niños activos
Help your kids sort treats
Deje que los Monstruos de la Boca lo ayuden a elegir sus dulces!
Healthy drinks, healthy kids
Healthy habits at the holiday
Brush and floss properly to keep your child healthy
Cepilla y seda correctamente mantendrá a tu hijo saludable
Rules of 2
Reglas de 2
Take your child to the dentist
Lleva a tu hijo al dentista
Dr. Sheela Patel helps you prepare for your child's first dental visit.
Learn how to prevent tooth decay in your baby by Dr. Nichols, a Cook Children’s pediatrician in Southlake, Texas.
Peyton Salavarria shares information on preventing cavities and germs.
Dr. Sheela Patel discusses healthy choices for a healthy mouth.
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Some really fun information for you!
What are teeth? You need teeth to talk and eat properly. From baby teeth to permanent teeth, find out all about them in this movie.
What's spit? Pull a lollipop out of your mouth and you'll see it. Wake up after drooling on your pillow and you'll feel it. That's right, it's spit, also known as saliva (say: suh-LIE-vuh). Learn all about spit here.
What happens at the dentist? Brushing and flossing are important, but you also need to visit your dentist regularly to keep your teeth strong and healthy. Let's learn more about what happens at the dentist's office. Learn all about dentist office visits here.
Click here to get serious about your teeth! This website has some awesome information and cartoons to help you learn all about keeping your mouth health!
Dentists say that the most important part of tooth care happens at home. Brushing and flossing properly, along with regular dental checkups, can help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
If you're like most people, you don't exactly look forward to facing a dentist's drill. So wouldn't it be better to prevent cavities before they begin?
Here are some posters about oral health that you can download and print.
Social media messages to help us share
Please feel free to use our messaging below, or create your own. To use our messaging, all you have to do is copy the messages we've provided below and insert the appropriate photo into whichever social media site you use. We do ask that you keep #healthymouthhealthybody in the message.
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Did you know you can catch a cavity? Germs that cause cavities spread just like a cold or flu.
Prevent the spread of germs by not sharing drinks, food or toothbrushes. Licking a pacifier to clean it, blowing on your baby's food and letting baby put fingers in your mouth can also spread germs. #healthymouthhealthybody
Healthy eating and drinking = healthy mouth and body
Think of foods as Go, Slow or Whoa! Go = apple, black beans and water. Slow = applesauce, pretzels and 100% juice. Whoa! = apple pie, chips, fries and soft drinks. #healthymouthhealthybody
Do you know when your baby should visit the dentist?
They should visit the dentist by age 1 or when the first tooth appears. Then, visit every 6 months after that, unless you notice brown or black spots. If you see these, visit right away. #healthymouthhealthybody
Make visiting the dentist a positive experience for your child.
Choose a dentist that is parent and child friendly. Avoid appointments close to nap, lunch or snack times. Read a book or watch a video with your child about visiting the dentist. #healthymouthhealthybody
Did you know that baby teeth matter?
Children need healthy baby teeth to learn how to talk, chew food and hold a place for their permanent teeth. Healthy baby teeth help children learn in school without dental pain. #healthymouthhealthybody
A healthy mouth starts before your baby has teeth.
Wipe your baby's gums with a clean, wet cloth in the morning and bedtime. Only use water in the bottle/sippy cup at bedtime. #healthymouthhealthybody
Do you know the rules of 2?
Visit the dentist at least 2 times a year. Brush for 2 minutes, 2 times a day – morning and bedtime. #healthymouthhealthybody
Protect your baby before they are born by taking care of your own oral health.
It can lower your baby's risk for tooth decay. Visit the dentist during your pregnancy. #healthymouthhealthybody
Did you know it's safe and important to visit the dentist when you are pregnant?
Gum disease or tooth decay in pregnant women is linked to babies being born early or too small. Let the dentist know you are pregnant when you schedule your appointment. #healthymouthhealthybody
Pregnancy is a time of change for a woman’s body and her mouth. Due to the hormone changes and eating habits during pregnancy, there is at a greater risk of getting gum disease and tooth decay.
Oral health and pregnancy
Train the Trainer is a free 4-hour workshop to give community professionals the skills and knowledge needed to talk about oral health to pregnant women and parents of young children birth to 8 years of age.
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Providing our community and families the skills and knowledge needed to talk about oral health. We encourage you to sign up for one of our FREE upcoming events.
Children's Oral Health Coalition (COHC) is dedicated to improving the oral health of children in Tarrant County and the surrounding areas through community collaboration. Our impact areas are: Awareness, Education, Prevention and Advocacy.
Founded in 2003, Save a Smile is an innovative, nationally recognized, collaborative program. We provide thorough preventive and restorative dental care for children from low-income families with the help of volunteer dentists.
Support for parents with children who have complicated needs.
Oral health tips for developmental concerns Consejos para el cuidado de la salud oral para los niños con problemas de desarrollo (aprendizaje), o de conducta
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