Health Tip: Five Steps to Prevent Cavities in Kids

Health Tip: Five Steps to Prevent Cavities in Kids

Health Tip: Five Steps to Prevent Cavities in Kids

Don't share utensils

(HealthDay News) -- To protect children's dental health, experts recommend five simple steps that extend beyond just brushing and flossing.

The American Dental Association recommends:

  • Never sharing utensils with children, or putting a child's pacifier in your mouth to clean it. Both practices can transmit germs.
  • Making sure your child eats a nutritious diet and drinks water that contains fluoride.
  • Scheduling your child's first dental visit no later than the age of 1.
  • Brushing your young child's teeth at least twice a day for two minutes at a time with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Talking to a dentist about applying sealants to protect your child's teeth.
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