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It is important to make dental hygiene practices a part of your child's daily routine. Not only will this keep her growing teeth and gums healthy and free from disease, but this will also establish a good habit for the future.
• Establish brushing as a daily routine as soon as your child gets her first teeth. It is good practice to brush them twice a day, in the morning, and before she goes to bed at night.
• Gradually teach your child to brush her own teeth, but be there to supervise her at all times.
• Teach your baby to spit out the toothpaste after brushing. At least until your child learns to do this, use a fluoride-free toothpaste that is meant for infants.
• Ensure that your child eats a healthy diet. Include plenty of calcium-rich foods such as milk and cheese; calcium plays an important role in fortifying the teeth and bones.
• Sugar intake affects the acid level in the mouth, making teeth more vulnerable for about half an hour. Brushing teeth half an hour after a sugary treat helps to protect the teeth better. Also, ration the amount of sugar in your child's diet.
• Encourage your child to develop a taste for healthy and natural snacks such as fruits and nuts, instead of sugary and starchy foods. One way to do this is to set an example yourself.
• Ensure that your child has regular dental check ups
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