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Oral Health Podcast Oral Health Podcast

Podcast: Caring for your child’s teeth

  • health & nutrition

​A conversation with pediatric dentist Dr. Jeanette MacLean about what parents of young kids should know about preventing tooth decay.

When kids get stressed

Keeping the peace: helping a toddler reduce their stress

  • toddlers

Loving communication and a clear process for dealing with stress can help prevent things from getting out of control.

Check out my crib safety

Check out my crib

  • safety

​Having a safe place for your baby to sleep is something to take seriously. ​

Supermom is a myth

There’s no such thing as the perfect parent

  • parenting

​Eighty percent of millennial moms think it’s important to the be “the perfect mom.” It’s an unrealistic aspiration.

Skin to skin for mother and baby

The golden hour

  • health & nutrition

​Skin-to-skin contact immediately after your child is born can have important benefits for baby and mother.

Preventing Toddler Tantrums

Preventing toddler tantrums

  • child development

​A tantrum is a normal response to anger and frustration, but there are things you can do to help your toddler feel more in control.

Babies love to play

Do babies need play time?

  • child development

Babies explore and make sense of the world around them through play. It impacts all aspects of their development.

you can't spoil a baby with too much love and attention

Can you spoil a baby?

  • child development

There are plenty of things to worry about when you’re a new parent, but spoiling your baby isn’t one of them.

Preventing tooth-decay

4 tips to help prevent tooth decay – and potential future health problems – in young kids

  • health & nutrition

“Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease faced by young children. It’s also 100 percent preventable.”

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