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Children's Center for Dentistry
GREGORY DIETZ DMD

How can I prevent my child from getting tooth decay?

By following these recommendations, you can reduce the risk of your child developing cavities and tooth decay:

  • Before your baby's teeth come in, gently wipe the gums with a damp cloth
  • After your baby's teeth come in, use a soft toothbrush and non-fluoride toothpaste to clean their teeth. As your child grows, encourage self-care until your child can brush independently.
  • Never allow your child to sleep with a bottle or food.
  • Graduate your child to regular cups (not sippy cups) as soon as possible, preferably by 18 months of age.
  • Avoid sweets and sticky foods.
  • Limit fruit juice to about 4 ounces per day and only serve it in a regular cup, not a bottle.
  • Visit the Children's Center for Dentistry for regular checkups and professional cleanings.
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