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How to care for your child’s teeth:
- Take your child to the dentist regularly. The American Dental Association says that children should see a dentist at least twice a year starting at the age of 1.
- Do not let your baby go to sleep with a bottle. This can leave milk or juice sitting on the teeth and cause cavities.
- If your child uses a pacifier, make sure it is clean. Don’t dip it in sugar or honey.
- Clean new teeth every day by rubbing them gently with a clean wet washcloth. When the teeth are bigger, use a soft bristle children’s toothbrush.
- Do not use fluoride toothpaste on children under 2 years of age. Instead, use water to brush your child’s teeth or fluoride free “training toothpaste”.
- Teach your children how to brush their teeth. First you brush their teeth in front of a mirror and then give them the brush to copy the way you did it.
- Have your child eat low-sugar snacks. Fruits, cheese, and vegetables are good choices. Don’t give your children sticky, chewy candy.
- Talk to your dentist about ways to protect your child’s teeth. Ask about dental sealants and fluoride varnish.
Your dental health is very important to us, so if you need help in the future, please call DentaQuest at 1-800-508-2047 or visit their website at www.dentaquestgov.com
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