How to provide the best dental care for your kids

Baby FaceParents play an essential role in keeping their children’s teeth healthy and clean. Preventive care starts at home. Here are some ways to promote oral health for your children. 

Avoid sugar

Sugary foods and sweet drinks mix with bacteria in the mouth, forming an acid that attacks tooth enamel, leading to cavities

Clean teeth

It is important that parents clean their children’s teeth when they are very young, and do it with them as they get older.

Visit your dentist

It is advised to visit the dentist within 6 months of the eruption of a child’s first tooth. Some dental associations recommend a first dental visit at the age of two years old.

Pacifiers and thumb sucking

Sucking helps babies to relax, but by age two or three, he or she has less need to suck. Foremost, never put sugar, honey or corn syrup on a pacifier.

Help prevent early childhood tooth decay

Once a child has teeth, he or she is susceptible to tooth decay. Mother’s milk, formula, cow’s milk, and fruit juice all contain sugars. Never let your child fall asleep with a bottle of milk, formula or juice or with breast milk still in his or her mouth.

Full Article: Providing the Best Dental Care for Your Kids
Source: The Canadian Dental Association
In French: Comment procurer les meilleurs soins dentaires pour vos enfants
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