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Tooth Decay is Preventable
- During pregnancy prepare for your baby by seeking dental care to reduce the risk of infecting your baby with decay-causing germs.
- After your baby is born, begin wiping or brushing baby gums and teeth.
- Children should see a dentist by age 1.
- Do not share utensils or put a baby's pacifier in your mouth. You could be sharing decay-causing germs.
- Brush twice a day, especially before bedtime, for 2 minutes.
- Use toothpaste that contains fluoride.
- Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles.
- Floss daily to clean in between teeth, where your brush does not reach.
- Replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, bent bristles are not effective at cleaning.
- Don't share toothbrushes to prevent sharing the germs that cause decay.
- Regular dental check-ups help detect problems early and reduce the cost of dental care.
- Eat a healthy diet and reduce the amount and frequency of sugary beverages.
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