Tips from the ToothFairy
- Parents and caregivers can share decay-causing bacteria when they clean their child’s pacifier or bottle nipple by placing it in their mouths or when they share a child’s food and drink. Clean bottle nipples and pacifiers in warm, soapy water and avoid sharing food and drinks with your children.
- Beginning at birth, clean infant gums with a damp cloth or soft toothbrush and warm water after each feeding and check your child’s gums/teeth daily.
- Encourage children to drink water, not juice, in between feedings and never put a bottle or sippy cup in the crib with anything but water.
- Children learn by example! Brush and floss your teeth with them to encourage good oral health habits.
- Check out products with xylitol as an alternative to sugar-laden sweets!
- Have your child create a calendar to track good oral health practices. Post the calendar in the bathroom and reward children with a gold star or happy face for each day of great oral care! Help get your child excited about their next dental visit by bringing the calendar with you to show the dentist.
- Ensure your child brushes for 2 minutes 2 times a day and flosses twice a day. If instructed by your dentist, introduce a fluoride rinse to offer extra protection for children ages six or older.
source: national childrens oral health foundation website