- Watch what your child eats and drinks – and give them a balanced diet rich in whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, and dairy products.
- If your child does ask for sugary foods and sweetened or acidic drinks, offer them with their meals, instead of between them.
- Consider giving your child a straw when drinking sugary and acidic drinks. This will give their teeth less exposure to the sugar and acid in the drinks.
- Adding raw fruit or vegetables to their meals will also increase the flow of saliva in the mouth and wash away the harmful sugars.
- Don’t allow infants to have sweetened liquids or fruit juices in a bottle. Stick to water, it contains no acid or sugar.
- Brushing at least twice per day is an important step in preventing cavities and tooth decay. The fluoride in toothpaste protects young teeth.
- Lastly, nothing ensures keeping your teeth and gums healthy like taking your child to visit the dentist every six months.
For more useful oral health advice go to our parent information section.