A Childhood Disease that’s Nearly 100% Preventable
Did you know that childhood dental disease is the most common chronic condition among children? That’s right, dental disease in kids is five times more common than childhood asthma. And the worst part...Dental disease is nearly 100% preventable. So…We’re giving our children a disease that can be prevented. What’s wrong with this situation? As baby’s caregiver, you are responsible for your child’s oral health. There are simple steps you can take to make sure your child remains cavity-free.
- Before baby has teeth: Clean gums with a soft cloth
- When teeth appear: brush teeth with a small, soft toothbrush without toothpaste and clean gums with a soft cloth
- At age one: Your baby should see a dentist by his or her first birthday
- At age two: Brush your child's teeth with a pea-sized drop of fluoridated toothpaste, and wipe teeth when finished until your child can rinse and spit
- Never dip a pacifier in sugary substances or put sweetened liquids in a baby bottle.
- Limit sugary foods and drinks, especially sticky foods such as raisins and fruit roll-ups.