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A child's teeth may not be permanent, but they need as much care as an adult's.

Neglecting them can have lifelong consequences. Take action now:

Set an example 

  • Discuss the benefits of oral healthcare with your children.
  • Educate them on the importance of brushing and flossing every day.
  • Set an example by brushing and flossing in front of them.
  • Teach them about cavities and things like gum disease. This will reinforce the message.

Watch what they eat
Diet also determines if your child will develop cavities.

  • Too many carbohydrates, starches and sugars can damage teeth.
  • Fruit and cheese help stimulate saliva, allowing food particles and acid in the mouth to be removed.
  • Dilute fruit juices with water to cut down on the sugary content.

Proper tools for the job

  • Choose a toothpaste that contains fluoride, preferably one with an appealing taste.
  • Choose a soft toothbrush. It should be able to reach the molars at the back of the mouth.
  • Toothbrushes usually have to be replaced every three or four months. If your child’s brush appears worn and frayed sooner,
    it may be that they’re applying too much pressure when brushing.

Repairing damaged teeth 
Fixing broken or damaged milk teeth may not be high on your list of priorities, as they're going to be naturally replaced anyway, but it's still important. These teeth help with speech development, and determine the growth pattern of the permanent teeth. Milk teeth can be restored with a filling or a crown. Fillings don't stop milk teeth from coming out when they're due. Restoring permanent teeth in children is handled in the same way as with adults. The only difference is that crowns are fitted differently. Crowns in children can be made and fitted in one visit.

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