How to Avoid Tooth Decay in Kids

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Children should start using fluoride toothpaste when they begin preschool.

Starting good dental habits early can help defend a child against problems like cavities and tooth decay as they grow older. Regular visits to the dentist for check ups and cleanings are very important. How well your child cares for his teeth depends how much work is needed during visits to the dentist. A combination of good diet and dental hygiene discipline help your child avoid tooth decay.

Things You'll Need

  • Toothbrush
  • Fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss
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Instructions

    • 1

      Avoid letting your child have too many sweets in their diet. Sugar breaks down teeth enamel, leaving them vulnerable to decay.

    • 2

      Have your child brush her teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Use a pea-sized amount of tooth paste on the toothbrush. Fluoride makes teeth enamel stronger against decay and breaking.

    • 3

      Have your child floss weekly to avoid tooth decay caused by plaque left between the teeth and gums.

    • 4

      Schedule regular visits to your family dentist for regular check ups and cleanings.

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