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Dental Health for KidsTaking care of your child’s dental health starts early. It involves preventing dental cavities as well as building strong teeth. Cleaning babies’ teeth starts as soon as teeth erupt. Gums may be cleaned before teeth come in. Use a training tooth brush which is very soft and a grain size amount of fluoride toothpaste. Teeth should be cleaned morning and night and always after the last food or milk before sleeping. Stopping bottles during the night also helps to prevent tooth decay.

Only formula, milk or breast milk should be given in a bottle. At 1 year of age babies should switch from bottle feeding to using cups or sippy cups. Children should not carry bottles or sippy cups around all the time. This constant exposure to food and sugar promotes tooth decay. Sugary drinks, including juice should be avoided.

The first visit to a dentist should be 6 months after the first tooth comes in, usually around the first birthday. For children from 3-6 years old use a pea size drop of fluoride toothpaste. Parents should still help them brush.

A healthy diet full of fruits, veggies, protein, grains, and milk, or another good source of calcium, is important in building strong teeth. A healthy diet also builds strong bones and bodies. Limiting the amount and frequency of sugary foods and drinks as well as junk food is very important for preventing tooth decay.

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