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Give Kids Something to Smile About!

It's never too early to help your child have a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime. Here are some tips to keep teeth healthy and strong as children grow:

  • Brushing and Flossing

-Starting with the first tooth, parents can use a soft cloth, or brush, and water for baby teeth.
-Fluoride toothpaste can be used after age 2. Parents can brush children's teeth and begin to teach good habits, including flossing, until children can brush and floss on their own.
-Brush at least twice a day to remove plaque.
-Floss daily. Flossing does what brushing can't. It cleans spaces between teeth that toothbrushes can't reach.

  • Eating Healthy Foods

-Don't give toddlers juice or sugary liquids in bottles or sippy cups at bedtime. Sugars can stay on the teeth overnight and cause decay.
-Children should eat healthy foods with protein, calcium, and vitamins A, C, and D.
-Choose "teeth-friendly" snacks such as cheese, raw vegetables, plain yogurt, and fruit. Avoid sugary snacks.
-Soda can damage teeth. If children do drink soda, choose a sugar-free soda and use a straw to avoid contact with teeth.

  • Visiting the Dentist

-All children should have at least one visit to the dentist every year.
-Children can begin checkups at the first tooth, but no later than age 1.
-Ask your child's dentist about fluoride varnish or sealant for extra teeth protection.

Children are most likely to be seen regularly by a dentist when they have health insurance. Almost all children in New York State qualify for free or low-cost health insurance through state sponsored programs, offered by Fidelis Care. Routine, preventive, and emergency dental care are covered benefits when seeking care from a qualified participating dental services provider.

For more information or to apply for enrollment throughout the year, call 1-888-FIDELIS or visit

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