Health Tip: Promote Good Oral Health in Children
(HealthDay News) - Teach young children to help protect their teeth and gums, and these early habits may last a lifetime.
The American Dental Association offers these suggestions:
Fill bottles with only breast milk, milk or formula. Don't give baby juice, soft drinks or other sweetened beverages.
Don't let baby take a bottle to bed. The bottle should be finished first.
Offer a plain pacifier, never one that's been dipped in anything sweet.
Teach your child to drink from a regular cup by age 1. Avoid sippy cups.
Only offer sweets occasionally. Instead, give your child nutritious snacks.
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