Tooth decay is the number one dental problem for preschool children, and 10% of 2 year-olds already have cavities. Cavities in baby teeth can lead to serious dental problems for permanent teeth. In this episode, we explore plaque and how sugar impacts tooth decay. We discuss the importance of good dental hygiene, when to start brushing teeth, and tips on helping children brush their teeth. How much toothpaste should children be using, how do you choose an appropriate toothbrush for kids? We talk about these issues, fluoride, sealants, varnish and more in this minty fresh and sparkling episode!
This episode written by Dr. Dean Blumberg and Dr. Lena Rothstein.
We thank Dr. Gila C. Dorostkar, Pediatric Dentistry in Marin County California, for reviewing this topic, although Drs. Dean and Lena take responsibility for any errors or misinformation.
- CDC My Water's Fluoride
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
- Healthy Children Dental Health & Hygiene for Young Children
- Healthy Children Brushing Up on Oral Health: Never Too Early to Start
- Healthy Children Toothbrushing Tips for Young Children
- Healthy Children Let the Brushing Games Begin
- Healthy Children Fluoride Varnish: What Parents Need to Know
- Healthy Children Diet Tips to Prevent Dental Problems
- Healthy Children Healthy Teeth and Your Child’s Diet
- Healthy Children Brush, Book, Bed: How to Structure Your Child's Nighttime Routine
- Healthy Children Dental Sealants for Children
- American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Maintaining and Improving the Oral Health of Young Children
- American Academy of Pediatrics Fluoride Use in Caries Prevention in the Primary Care Setting
Photo from the American Dental Association