February is National Children's Dental Health Month. This Valentine's Day, we've joined forces with the American Dental Association to bring you 5 helpful ways to prevent kids' tooth decay.
Don't share utensils with your child or "clean" a pacifier by putting it in your mouth. You can transfer cavity-causing germs to your child.
Studies show up to a 40 percent reduction in cavities following community water fluoridation. Fluoride effectively helps control and heal early signs of tooth decay!
We recommend a child's first dental exam at 3 years old, unless the parent sees a problem before then.
Ask your dentist about applying dental sealants to chewing surfaces of teeth. Sealants are safe and effective in preventing and arresting pit-and-fissure occlusal cavities of primary and permanent molars.
We don't recommend giving children toothpaste with fluoride in it until 3 to 5, when they are less likely to swallow the toothpaste. When kids can brush their own teeth, have them brush two minutes twice a day using only a pea sized amount of tooth paste, reminding them not to swallow.