Oral Health Recommendations for Infants and Children:
• Take your child for a dental visit every six months from age one for early detection and prevention of dental disease.
• Follow a daily oral hygiene routine. Clean your child’s teeth as soon as they come in with a soft cloth or a baby’s toothbrush, especially before bedtime.
• Have adequate fluoride intake from water to prevent tooth decay.
• Feed your child a well-balanced diet and limit high-sugar snacks and sweetened drinks between meals.
• Prevent baby bottle tooth decay. Do not put your child to bed with a bottle. Brush your child’s teeth with a small amount of fluoridated toothpaste. If your child uses a pacifier, do not dip it in anything sweet. Around one year of age, teach your child to drink from a cup rather than a bottle.
• Have dental sealants placed on back teeth for children after ages 6-7 and 12-13.