Tips for Healthy Teeth

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Sealants protect the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, but they don’t take the place of brushing and other steps to prevent decay. Help your child do the following:

Brush and floss daily to remove bacteria and plaque and help keep the gums healthy.

See the dentist regularly. Checkups every 6 months help detect any problems early.

Get regular fluoride treatments. Along with fluoride toothpaste and fluoridated drinking water, fluoride treatments help protect the smooth surfaces of your child’s teeth from decay.

Eat a good diet. Your child needs plenty of protein, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. Limiting foods that are high in sugar- such as soft drinks, cookies, and sweetened cereals- reduces the risk of tooth decay.

What could you do to improve the health of your teeth?



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