Health Tip: Protect Teeth From Decay

Suggestions for newborns and young children

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(HealthDay News) -- Even baby's gums and teeth can decay, potentially leading to future problems with permanent teeth.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests how to prevent tooth decay in children:

  • Brush baby's teeth and gums regularly.
  • Never allow baby to take food or a bottle to bed.
  • Restrict a bottle or sippy cup to mealtimes only.
  • Make sure your water is fluoridated, or talk to your dentist about fluoride supplements.
  • Avoid sticky, sweet treats such as candy, cookies or fruit roll-ups.

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