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How do I prevent my child from getting cavities?

Although there is no way to eliminate the chances of your child ever getting a cavity, there are many ways you can reduce the likelihood.

Start early with good oral hygiene.

Good oral hygiene removes bacteria and the leftover food particles that combine to create cavities. For infants, a great strategy is to use a wet gauze or clean washcloth to wipe the plaque and gums. Also it is best to avoid putting your child to bed with a bottle filled with anything other than water. Read “What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?” for more information.

For older children, brush their teeth at least twice a day.

Also, watch the number of snacks containing sugar that you give your children. Read “How Should I Care for My Child’s Teeth?” for more information.

The American Dental Association recommends six month visits to the dentist beginning at your child’s first birthday. Routine visits will start your child on a lifetime of good dental health.

Your dentist may also recommend protective sealants or home fluoride treatments for your child. Sealants can be applied to your child’s molars to prevent decay on hard to clean surfaces. For more information on sealants read “What is a Sealant and What Does it Do ?”.