Diets that contain sugary foods, soft
drinks, and fruit juices are most likely to promote cavities.
Select foods from the food groups of fruits, vegetables, meat,
grains and/or dairy.
Try to limit between meal snacks. When
snack try choosing foods low in
sugar like cheese, nuts or vegetables. Remember the more often your child snacks on food containing sugar
and starches the greater the chance for tooth decay.
Limit the length of time the teeth
are exposed to sticky foods.
Don't add sugar
to your baby's food to make it taste better.
Provide drinks that are high in sugar
or acid only with meals. Drinks high in sugar content or acid should not be given in a
bottle or sippy cup at bedtime. Feeding your baby high sugar and/or high acidic
drinks in a bottle or sippy cup at bedtime or to allow them to continuously suck
on a sippy cup will cause their teeth's enamel to break down or demineralize.
5. Never let your baby go to
sleep with a bottle of anything except water. Never dip a pacifier in sugar or
honey. Learn more on how to prevent: baby bottle
6. Take your baby to
the dentist by age one. Schedule appointments early in the day, but
avoid naptime. When bringing the child to the dentist for
the first time, it's okay to bring a comfort item such
as a blanket or favorite toy. Make the experience
positive for the child and try not to instill your own
fears into the child.
chewable vitamins or any other medications that list sugar as the first
ingredient. If your child has reduced saliva
flow from medication, gastric reflex or other special health
needs, please see you child's doctor and dentist.
your child's toothbrush every two months and after the
child has been sick.
9. If a
child is sick, toothpaste should be placed on their
toothbrush via a cotton swab or a clean finger to avoid
contaminating the toothpaste tube.
Toothbrushing should begin with the eruption of the first
10. Since the bacteria that causes
decay is passed from the mother to her child it is highly recommended