Tooth decay is a common problem for many kids in the United States. 

Tooth decay is a very common problem for kids, but the good news is that it is highly preventable. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and that’s why, in our Cortlandt Manor day care center’s latest blog, we gave you a couple of helpful tips for preventing tooth decay in your child. The following is a list of a few more tips from our child care givers:

#3. Lead by example. 

A lot of kids don’t truly understand why proper brushing is so important for their teeth, and one of the best ways to teach them is by leading by example. When your child is brushing his or her teeth, do the same! Not only will you be taking care of your own teeth, but you’ll also be able to make sure that your child is properly brushing and flossing

#4. Limit sugary drinks and snacks. 

Sugar plays a big role in the American diet, but there is nothing worse for your child’s teeth. Even some things that many people consider to be healthy, such as fruit juice and granola bars, are actually stuffed with sugar. Instead of opting for sugary drinks and beverages, give them water and a healthy snack.

#5. Give your child more tap water. 

Fluoride in the tap water is incredibly controversial, but it plays a very important role in preventing tooth decay. If you give your child only tap water, then they probably aren’t getting enough fluoride for adequate tooth protection. If you are worried about giving your child tap water, talk to your dentist about a fluoride treatment.