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  • Healthy Smile Timeline: Ages 1–20

    Dr. YazjiDr. Maria Eugenia Yazji has been treating children, adolescents and adults since 1995. She provides outstanding orthodontic care to the Brickell community and happens to be our dental healthcare expert. Please feel free to send her questions about your dental health, your kids or the family in general. She will be happy to respond to you on our website or facebook every month.

    As a dental healthcare expert she is first and foremost genuinely concerned with helping you and your family keep a healthy, beautifully straight smile for life!

    Dr. Yazji shares with us the must-do’s, should-do’s and could-do’s for a healthy smile ages 1-20!

    Healthy Smile Timeline: Ages 1–20

    Must Do’s:

    • Establish a dental home for children early, and stick to regular checkups. When children are comfortable with their dental team, it sets a pattern for a lifetime of great oral health.
    • Set up an at-home oral hygiene routine. Remember, everyone should brush for 2 minutes, twice a day.
    • ALL CHILD ATHLETES should wear a mouthguard during sports—especially if you have braces! Skaters, wrestlers, ballers, etc.

    Should Do’s:

    • Orthodontic evaluations should happen at about age 7 in case there’s a need for early intervention treatment.
    • Dental sealants can provide a shield against tooth decay that will last throughout childhood.
    • Healthy-teeth eating habits start now! That means minimal sugar, soda, and snacking—and, lots of vegetables.

    Could Do’s:

    • For teens, increasingly conscious of their appearance, teeth whitening can be a great boost.
    • Exciting characters, colors, and flavors on toothbrushes and toothpaste can make brushing and flossing more fun for kids.

    Use These Ideas As A Launchpad…

    The musts, shoulds, and coulds above are by no means a comprehensive list of every dental factor to consider between the ages of 1 and 20! But we hope it gives you some good reminders and a starting point for building your own oral health goals.

    Check our website soon for your timeline ages 20-40. If you have any follow-up questions, let us know! Comment below, or message us on our Facebook page!

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