How to Prevent Tooth Decay in Children?

Tooth decay isn’t a problem that affects only adults. Milk tooth decay is a problem among children ages 2 to 11 who develop a cavity in their primary/milk teeth. It really makes the parents wonder what causes tooth decay, how to treat and in the first place how to prevent it.


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Here are 6 quick tips to prevent tooth decay in children:


  1. Take good care of your own oral health: Before your baby is born, take good care of your own oral health and it is all right to see a dentist for oral care while you are pregnant.


  1. Baby teeth care and how: From birth to 12 months, keep your baby’s mouth clean by gently wiping the gums with a clean baby washcloth. From 12 months to 36 months, brush your child’s teeth two times a day for two minutes. Use a smear of kids’ fluoride toothpaste until your child’s third birthday.


  1. Time to bed: Never put your child to bed with a bottle of milk or food in his mouth. It exposes the child’s teeth to sugars and this can cause infections decay.


  1. Watch the sticky foods: Limit the amount of sweets and sticky foods your child eats like candies, gums, cookies, crackers and chips. These foods are bad for the teeth and should be eaten in minimal amounts during mealtime only.


  1. Use a Tongue Cleaner: Use a tongue cleaner to clean your child’s tongue and later condition him/her to use it on his own. This helps to rid his tongue of the harmful bacterial film.


  1. See the dentist: Make an appointment to have your child see the dentist before the age of 1. If you note any problems before this, immediately visit the dentist and do not delay the same.



We are sure these 6 tips will help you keep your baby’s teeth happy and shining! If you haven’t been doing this, start now for prevention is better than cure.

If your child has decayed teeth, don’t fear. We are here for you! – The Dental Spa