Baby Teeth Matter – Protect Your Child’s Oral and Overall Health
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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.