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Preparing for birth

Pregnant? Your oral health affects your baby’s health.

  • pregnancy

Just like eating right, taking vitamins and seeing your doctor while you’re pregnant, it’s important to take care of your teeth and gums, too.

Helping young kids cope with traumatic experiences

  • social-emotional development

Having an open dialogue with your child about traumatic experiences is critical to their growth and understanding of the world around them.

tips for how to make taking your child to the dentist a positive experience for everyone

Tips for taking your child to the dentist

  • oral health

Learn some simple ways to make going to the dentist a smoother, more positive experience for you and your child.

Is fluoride good for children’s teeth?

  • oral health

Fluoride is nature’s cavity fighter. In toothpaste and drinking water, it makes teeth stronger and prevents tooth decay.

tips for finding a dentist for young children in Arizona

How to find a dentist for your child in Arizona

  • oral health

Regular dental check-ups help keep your child healthy and smiling. Learn how you can find a dentist for your child whether you have dental insurance or not.

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Positive Parenting: What makes your child unique?

  • positive parenting

Every child is different. Noticing your child’s strengths and skills and uniqueness makes your bond even stronger.

positive parenting understanding your child's point of view

Positive Parenting: See things through their eyes

  • positive parenting

Understanding your child’s point of view can help you stay calm when they’re losing it.

positive parenting includes recognizing and regulating your own feelings before responding to your child's behavior

Positive Parenting: 5 ways to manage your own big feelings

  • positive parenting

Holding it together during high-stress moments is one of most important skills we can develop as parents.

2020 Gift Guide: The best toys and gifts for young children

  • play

Our interactive guide offers low-cost options by age and stage of development. Many are free, like the best gift you can give: quality time with you.

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