Tips for Healthy Cavity Free Teeth for Your Toddler

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By Emily Cortes - D.D.S. Prairie Pediatric Dentistry February 2, 2017

February is National Children's Dental Health Month! We thought we would encourage oral health by sharing some facts and tips from local pediatric dentist, Emily Cortes, D.D.S..

Did You Know...

        … that tooth decay is the most common long–term childhood disease? Children of any age can get tooth decay, even babies and toddlers. Tooth decay is five times more common than asthma. The good news is that tooth decay can be prevented!

  • Begin brushing when your child's first tooth erupts.

  • Schedule your child’s first dental visit by age 1.

  • If a child's baby teeth are healthy, it is more likely their adult teeth will be healthy too.

How to Keep Your Child’s Teeth Healthy

  • Wipe the baby’s gums with a clean, wet gauze pad or washcloth after each feeding, before sleep.
  • Limit between meal snacks.
  • Avoid using sweet foods and drinks to reward your child.
  • Brush your child’s teeth until she is at least six years old. 

Brush teeth for two minutes, twice per day. Log your success on this chart from the ADA. Make an appointment at Prairie Pediatric Dentistry for a check up. Bring your chart with you for a $25 family account credit!

For additional resources, check out the Prairie Pediatric Dentistry website at and call (913) 871-5771 to make an appointment with Dr. Emily Cortes.