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10 Tips for Caring for your Child’s Teeth

  1. Limit sugary snacks and beverages. High starch diets can behave similarly to sugary attacks.

  2. Brush & Floss twice a day: after breakfast and before bed. Colorful flossers help here!

  3. Go over your child’s brushing after them. It helps to ensure it’s done appropriately while allowing them to learn proper brushing.

  4. Under 3 years age: grain of rice/smear amount of fluoridated toothpaste.

  5. Over 3 years age: pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste.

  6. Sing a song or play music for duration. The ADA provides some great examples.

  7. Regular 6 month visits to the dentist starting by age 1: able to learn best brushing technique methods and approaches, catch early signs of cavities and learn good eating habits. Professional strength topical fluoride may be applied, if needed.

  8. Wear mouth guards for sports practices and games. It can save your teeth against injury. A custom fit one may be suggested for best fit, according to development.

  9. A best time for an orthodontic evaluation is by approximately age 7 years.

  10. Xylitol in sugar-free gum is helpful in reducing cavity risks.


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