Brush-Up on Healthy Teeth

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Simple steps for a healthy mouth

  1. As soon as your child's teeth come in, take care of them by wiping them with a soft damp washcloth after meals and do not give them a bottle at sleeptime.
  2. Make sure your child eats healthy snacks.
  3. Check your child's teeth at least once a month for white or dark spots.
  4. Brush your child's teeth at least twice a day. Take your child for dental checkups every 6 months.

The following pictures show tooth decay (cavities).

 

Tooth Decay

Front View

Rear View

 
front teeth-healthy
rear healthy teeth

HEALTHY TEETH

No tooth decay. Ask your child's dentist about fluoride.
front teeth-early decay
rear teeth-early decay

EARLY TOOTH DECAY

White spots. See a dentist right away.
front teeth-later decay
rear later decay

LATER TOOTH DECAY

Take child to the dentist
before tooth decay gets worse.
front teeth-severe decay
rear teeth-severe decay

SEVERE TOOTH DECAY

Must see a dentist to
avoid future tooth loss.
Last updated September 21, 2012