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Prevention

Tooth Decay is Preventable  

Start earlyBoy brushing teeth

  • 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.

Stay Healthy

  • 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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