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Eating and Tooth Decay

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Kids need to eat a balanced diet for their teeth to develop properly and their gums to stay healthy.

smalltoothBest Habits for Healthy Teeth

  • Offer milk to your child every day - whole milk from age 1 to 2, and reduced-fat milk after age 2.
  • Don't let your child suck on a bottle or sippy cup filled with milk, formula, or juice at bedtime.
  • Encourage toddlers and preschoolers to eat crunchy vegetables like green beans and cauliflower as these help remove plaque from your child's teeth.
  • Avoid sugary snacks, candy, soda, and juice - they are all causes of cavities.
  • Limit the sharing of spoons and bottles between caregivers and children, and among children themselves.

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