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Start Healthy Habits Early
Healthy habits lead to good dental health. Follow these tips to protect your child’s baby teeth:
Check Regularly for Signs of Tooth Decay
Check all sides of the baby’s teeth and look carefully along the gum line. The first sign of tooth decay can appear as whitish areas on the teeth, which may progress to brown. If you suspect a problem, consult your dentist.
Sipping and Snacking
Tooth decay can happen when a child sips or snacks frequently, or for prolonged periods of time. Snack at scheduled times, not less than two hours before mealtimes.
Milk, fruit juice, any food or sweetened drinks all have sugars in them that can cause tooth decay. Decay can result if the teeth are in contact with any of these for long periods of time. Sticky foods are particularly troublesome because they remain on the teeth for a long time. Water is the best thirst quencher and will not contribute to decay.
Visit to the Dentist
The first dental visit is recommended within 6 months of the first tooth coming in or by your baby’s first birthday. The dentist will recommend the frequency of your child’s visit.