Tooth decay is one of the most common childhood diseases and yet 90% of it is preventable. Dental decay is five times more common than asthma and 25% of all preschoolers between the ages of 2 and 5 already have a cavity! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists suggests that your child be seen by a dentist by age one.

Pediatric dentists practice preventative dentistry. Preventative dentistry for children requires parental involvement with daily oral care at home as well as visits to the dentist at least two times per year. By following some simple steps you can start your child off to a lifetime of healthy dental habits.  Here are some simple tips to keep your kid’s smile healthy!

1. Wipe out your child’s mouth after feedings-even before teeth erupt.
2. Begin brushing with toddler toothpaste, twice a day as soon as teeth erupt.
3. Never put a baby to bed with a bottle.
4. Water only for at will drinking (bottle, sippy cup, and cup).
5. Wean your baby from a bottle by age 12-14 months.
6. Use frozen teething rings and appropriate amount of acetaminophen for teething pain.
7. Avoid sweetened and/or acidic beverages, including juice.
8. Limit sweets and sticky fermentable carbohydrates.
9. Watch child around furniture as they learn to walk and remove obstacles.
10. See a pediatric dentist by age one.

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