Since dried fruits are sticky they tend to stick to the teeth and stay on them longer than other foods. If you must eat dried fruits be sure to rinse your mouth out with water. Wait a half hour to an hour before brushing your teeth.
Although potato chips are a quick and easy snack they are full of starch. As they get stuck in between the teeth they can cause plaque build-up. It is very important to pay extra attention when flossing after eating them.
Not only are hard candy full of sugar that can harm your teeth they can also brake or chip them. Always choose a healthier alternative such as a gum that carries the CDA Seal of Approval.
Citric fruits contain acid that can erode the tooth enamel making teeth more susceptible to decay and the acid can also irritate mouth sores. Before dropping a squeeze of lemon or lime into your water think of the damage it may cause to your teeth. When consuming acidic foods or drinks be sure to drink lots of water.
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- Try not to share saliva with the baby through common use of feeding spoons or licking pacifiers. After each feeding, wipe your child’s gums with a clean, damp gauze pad or washcloth.
- When your child’s teeth come in, brush them gently with a child-size toothbrush and a smear (or grain of rice sized amount) of fluoride toothpaste until the age of 3.
- Brush the teeth with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste from the ages of 3 to 6.
- Supervise brushing until your child can be counted on to spit and not swallow toothpaste—usually not before he or she is 6 or 7.
- Place only formula, milk or breast milk in bottles. Avoid filling the bottle with liquids such as sugar water, juice or soft drinks.
- Infants should finish their bedtime and naptime bottles before going to bed.
- If your child uses a pacifier, provide one that is clean—don’t dip it in sugar or honey.
- Encourage your child to drink from a cup by his/her first birthday.
- Encourage healthy eating habits.
When your child’s first tooth appears, talk to your dentist about scheduling the first dental visit. Treat the first dental visit as you would a well-baby checkup with the child’s physician. Remember: starting early is the key to a lifetime of good dental health. (ADA)
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