Good oral hygiene removes bacteria and the leftover food particles that combine to create cavities.
For infants, use a wet gauze or clean washcloth to wipe the plaque from teeth and gums. Avoid putting your child to bed with a bottle filled with anything other than water.
For older children, brush their teeth at least twice a day. Also, watch the number of snacks containing sugar that you give your children.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends visits every six months to the pediatric dentist, beginning at your child’s first birthday. Routine visits will set your child up for a lifetime of good dental health.
You may also want to consider fluoride treatments or protective sealants. Sealants can be applied to your child’s molars to prevent decay on hard to clean surfaces.