About Your Teeth How can I help my child prevent tooth decay? - About Your Teeth

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How can I help my child prevent tooth decay?


Good parenting starts by leading by example. My 14 month old watched me brush my teeth and now wants to do the same. He enthusiastically points to the tooth brush whenever he is in the bathroom. He may not be effectively cleaning his teeth but the habit is being established. Brushing teeth after meals, regular flossing and fluoride treatments are the best ways to prevent tooth decay. Children should also be supervised as they brush. A good rule of thumb is when children can dress themselves and tie their own shoes, then they are ready to brush unsupervised. Children should be supervised in proper flossing techniques until the age of 10. If you have any concerns about your child’s dental health or want some tips on preventing tooth decay, ask your dentist.

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