Painful cavities make it difficult to eat, sleep, learn and play

Cavities are preventable
• Brush your child’s teeth twice a day.
• Use a small toothbrush and a smear of fluoride toothpaste.
• Don’t put your baby to sleep with a bottle of juice or milk. Use only water.
• By age one take your child to a dentist or physician for an oral health checkup.

Healthy snacking = healthier teeth
• Choose healthy snacks such as cheese, fruits and vegetables.
• Sweet liquids including juice, sport drinks and soda (even diet), cause cavities.
• Avoid “grazing”–snacking and drinking sweet liquids throughout the day.
• Teeth need time to rest in between eating and drinking.

If a child is cavity-free prior to age three, he/she is more likely to have better oral health for a lifetime.

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