The following can be found in the ADA brochure titled: "Your Child's Teeth".
Many people don't understand the relationship between diet and dental disease. Diets high in sugar are not only bad for your body but also for your teeth. Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, constantly forms on our teeth. This bacteria produces acids that attack tooth enamel. Because plaque is sticky, the harmful acids adhere to your teeth and can contribute to tooth decay. A diet low in sugar and high in fruits and vegetables and limiting snacks is recommended, especially for children.
Fluoride, a mineral that occurs naturally in all water sources has been proven to not only prevent cavities but also helps repair the early stages of tooth decay. Fluoride is found in two forms, systemic and topical. The systemic form is swallowed and can be found in the form of tablets or drops. Topical fluorides can be found in toothpaste, mouth rinses or can be applied at the dental office.
The time to start dental hygiene is when a child's first tooth emerges. Start your child off on the right foot by establishing a dental hygiene routine early and by also establishing good eating habits that will follow them throughout their life.
It is very important to take your child to the dentist twice a year. Consult with the dentist regarding scheduling a first dental visit within six months after the first tooth erupts.