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Teething Necklaces

Necklaces made from amber beads are the latest trend. They allegedly reduce teething pain, although there isn’t any science to back up the claims. What pediatricians do know is that the necklaces pose a risk for choking and strangulation. Do … Continue reading

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Smear Job

From baby’s first tooth, dentists recommend fluoride toothpaste. Use a smear of fluoride toothpaste to start. At age 3 it’s time to graduate to a pea-sized amount. There’s a helpful picture that shows how much toothpaste to use here. Previous recommendations … Continue reading

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Halloween Candy: Tooth Tips

My dad, the other Dr. Asta, is a dentist in Pennsylvania. He’s so dedicated to healthy teeth that growing up we gave out sugarless gum at our house for Halloween! The American Dental Association has common sense tips for kids … Continue reading

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First Tooth

Nothing seems so shrouded in mystery and anticipation as baby’s first tooth. The average age for the first tooth to poke through the gums is 6 months: some babies do this as early as 4 months, others well after their … Continue reading

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Sippy Cups

When my daughter was in a co-op preschool and I was on snack duty, it wasn’t a question of if someone would spill milk but when. I stood at the ready, a sponge in each hand, as the long table … Continue reading

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