Oral Care for Kids

Learn all about oral care for kids and get tips on how to handle teething, teeth straightening and other dental issues.

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Babies probably have more achievements in a year than the average adult has in a decade. But when it comes to the arrival of that first tooth, one thing is certain: It's time to celebrate.

By Jennifer Sellers

Gap-toothed grins are a hallmark of childhood, but should you really pull baby teeth to make way for permanent ones? And can you do it painlessly? We'll give you the scoop in this article.

By Shanna Freeman

Dental formulas may seem rather complicated, but they make sense if you know what you're looking for.

By Emilie Sennebogen


Lauren Hutton sports a gap-toothed smile. So do David Letterman and former New York Giant Michael Strahan. But what about your kids? Do gaps in baby teeth mean anything?

By Robynne Boyd

Children typically lose their baby teeth in the order they came in -- unless there's a little help from a playground mishap to hurry the process along.

By Emilie Sennebogen

Babies do lots of things as they sleep. They may gurgle, cry and roll around in their cribs. Some, however, do something that isn't as cute -- they grind their teeth. How dangerous is this little habit?

By Stephanie Watson

A generation of kids has grown up often receiving a trophy just for showing up. Similarly, when it's your teeth getting the plaque, that's really nothing to brag about.

By Kevin P. Allen


Children aren't known for their restraint when it comes to downing sweet-tasting stuff, sometimes even toothpaste. If your kid eats toothpaste containing fluoride, there could be reason for concern.

By Bambi Turner

Think you don't have to brush your kid's baby teeth? Not true. But is it safe to use toothpaste with fluoride?

By Beth Brindle

Love it or hate it, brushing your teeth is a twice-daily necessity. Although parents understand this fact of life, plenty of kids rage against the dental hygiene machine. So, try making it more fun for everyone with a few simple games!

By Alia Hoyt

Braces are no longer a horror to youngsters, and now the treatments are seen as a way to a better, healthier smile. But what colors and styles do braces come in?

By Brion O'Connor


Establishing good oral hygiene habits early on sets your child up for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. But what are the best ways to teach kids about brushing and flossing?

By Maria Trimarchi

There are a lot of great foods out there to benefit children's teeth. Getting them to eat those foods, however, may take some work.

By Emilie Sennebogen

They're expensive, not attractive and less than comfortable, yet each year, millions of American children are fitted for braces to correct misaligned or crooked teeth. But are braces truly needed?

By Chris Opfer

Got braces? Whitening your teeth may have to wait.

By Terri Briseno


Like phones, cars, credit cards and just about everything else, orthodontics are getting smart with new self-ligating and microchip-powered dental braces.

By Chris Opfer

Visits to the orthodontist's office are a rite of passage for many kids. Here are the latest options for straightening your child's teeth.

By Alison Cooper