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How to take care of my children's teeth?

Q: My son is 4.2 years old. He used to have lots of chocolates and juices. As a result, one of his upper molar teeth is decaying, which was filled. I make him brush twice daily. I would like to know how I can take care of my son's teeth? I have reduced giving him sweets, chocolates and juices. Will that help? I also have another son who is one year old.

A:The basic dental care involves only five rules:

  1. Brush teeth twice a day, so as to clean all surfaces of the teeth.
  2. Reduce sweet exposure to three or less times a day (sugar or sweet means all those things which have sugar in it - toffee, chocolate, juices, sweetened milk, pastry, ice cream, cold drink, biscuits, homemade or market made sweets, i.e., anything to which sugar is added)
  3. Eat healthy food rich in fibres. Even fresh fruits are good.
  4. Rinse after every meals.
  5. Use toothpaste that contains fluoride.
Your younger son also needs to follow the same. Additionally to be on safer side, you can go for dental check-ups every 6 months.

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