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Whole grain crackers, bread, nuts and seeds are also good snacks

Cheese, yogurt and milk contain calcium that make teeth hard and can help prevent cavities

Fresh or unsweetened canned fruits and vegetables are excellent snacks

A well-balanced diet is important for the development of healthy teeth

Between meals, choose unsweetened unflavoured milk or water instead of juice or pop

Healthy food makes healthy teeth




Save sweets for mealtimes, when they are less likely to harm your child’s teeth


Visits should continue from age two and a half when all the primary teeth are in the mouth

Bring your child to the dentist for regular checkups to make sure there are no problems

A child should visit a dental office by the age of one year, or when the first teeth appear

Visit the dentist

The eight front primary teeth start to fall out after age five, and the rest fall out by age 12

Baby teeth are also called the primary teeth and help adult teeth come in straight

Avoid feeding your child snacks containing sugar or sweeteners such as honey

Limit fizzy drinks and natural fruit juices as they may contain sugar and acids that cause tooth decay

Fruit is the best dessert

If your child knocks out a tooth, call your dentist immediately! Gently rinse the tooth — do not brush or scrub. Wrap the tooth in a clean cloth or gauze and put it in a cup of milk and get it to the dentist immediately


Baby teeth help your child eat and speak, and are important for overall health

The baby teeth start to erupt when a child is about six months old

Baby teeth are very important

Visit your doctor and dentist regularly

A mother should eat nutritiously and avoid tobacco, alcohol and non-prescription drugs to insure a healthy pregnancy

Germs in the mouth called bacteria feed on sugar from foods to make an acid that harms teeth


Reduce your child’s sugar intake

If your baby normally falls asleep while feeding, brush his or her teeth before feeding

Avoid letting your baby sleep at the breast or with a bottle of juice, formula or milk as this can harm your baby’s teeth

Clean the baby’s mouth and teeth following all feedings


Watch for changes in colour, lines or spots on your child’s teeth as these may be signs of a potential problem

Lift the lip and look

Once the sides of the baby teeth touch each other, flossing should take place at least once a day

Use only a small pea-sized amount of toothpaste and be sure it is never swallowed. If your child routinely swallows it, do not use toothpaste

Brushing should follow meal and snacks and sweetened medications

Brushing should begin soon after the first teeth come into the mouth, so your child will get used to it

Before the baby has any teeth, the gums should be wiped with a clean soft wet cloth after every feeding


Teeth start developing in the first three months of pregnancy

A healthy pregnancy helps the development of healthy teeth

If your baby sleeps with a bottle, fill it with water


Feeding your baby


Brush and floss your child’s teeth

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