All children are at risk for tooth decay.
•Tooth decay is the breakdown of tooth enamel. It can lead to holes in the teeth called cavities.
•Tooth decay is caused by bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria make a sticky substance called plaque that can eat away at a tooth’s enamel.
You can help prevent tooth decay in your child
•Start brushing your child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth appears. Brush the teeth, tongue, and gums for 2 minutes twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Or watch as your child brushes their teeth.
•For children younger than 3 years old, use only a small amount of toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. Starting at age 3, your child can use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.
Remember: Healthy Smiles, Happy Kids
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