Protect Your Child’s Teeth

Protect your child from tooth decay by taking the following steps.

Decrease exposure to sugar containing liquids that cause tooth decay .Limit their consumption of sugary beverages like soft drinks or sweetened fruit juices as well as starchy snacks. If you give them a sippy cup, for long periods of time it is best to put water inside. Children should learn to drink from a regular cup as early as possible.

When should my child see a dentist?

Early visits are best even before they are three years old. This familiarizes your child to the dental office and the dentist and staff ,reducing anxiety. The dentist can teach you how to properly take care of your child’s teeth.

How can I help them with their oral care at home?

If  the child is younger than eight years old help them brush their teeth either before or after they do it themselves. Their gross motor skills are not as good and they might miss some areas with plaque. Let them brush two minutes and two  times a day. Start flossing their teeth as soon as they have two teeth that are touching each other. Give them fluoridated water and as soon as they can spit you can brush their teeth with a fluoride toothpaste. Always monitor the child’s technique and their thoroughness. Lead by example children follow what you do more than what you say.

For more information visit the AGD’s site www.2min2x.org