Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Start Oral Hygiene Early

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Start Oral Hygiene Early

Article excerpt

As a parent it is vital you teach your child the importance of caring for their teeth.

The National Smile Month website is brimming with hints and tips for maintaining good oral health:

Q. How can I prevent tooth decay in my child?

A. The main cause of tooth decay is not the amount of sugar in the diet, but how often it is eaten or drunk. The more often your child has sugary foods or drinks, the more likely they are to have decay. It is important to keep sugary foods to mealtimes only.

If you give your child a snack, try to stick to cheese, vegetables and fruit.

Remember that some processed baby foods contain quite a lot of sugar. Check the ingredients: the higher up the list sugar is, the more there is in the product. Thorough brushing twice a day, particularly last thing at night, will help to prevent tooth decay.

Q. When should I take my child to the dentist?

A. It is recommended that children should go to the dentist with their parents as soon as possible. …

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