Tips for Kids to Prevent Tooth Decay (From the dental clinic at Patrick Air Force Base in Florida)

The following are ways to reduce your child's risk of tooth decay:

  •  Sugary foods and drinks should be consumed only with meals. Saliva production increases during meals and helps neutralize acid production and rinses food particles from the mouth.
  • Limit between-meals snacks. If children crave a snack, offer them nutritious foods.
  • If your children chew gum, choose sugarless with xylitol or recaldent. Chewing sugarless gum after eating can increase saliva flow and help wash out food and decay-producing acid.
  • Monitor beverage consumption. Instead of soft drinks or power drinks, children should drink water or low-fat milk.
  • Help your children develop good brushing and flossing habits. Parents should assist their children until age 10.
  • Schedule regular dental visits.

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Michael Bulger