1. All children should visit the dentist before age one, and children with special needs may require earlier and more frequent appointments.

  2. Invest in a new toothbrush at least every three moth and after every illness to avoid lingering bacteria and germs.

  3. Eat plenty of healthy, tooth-friendly snacks such as fruit, vegetables, cheese, and yogurt.

  4. Avoid spreading harmful bacteria to babies by watching pacifiers in warm soapy water; never “clean” a pacifier or bottle nipple by placing it in your own mouth.

  5. Children should use only playground equipment that is surrounded by a soft surface such as loose sand, wood mulch or specialized rubber mats to avoid dangerous dental trauma.

  6. Ask your dentist or pediatrician if fluoride toothpaste, varnish, mouth rinses, and supplements are recommended for your child.

  7. If a permanent tooth is knocked loose due to dental trauma, push it back into the area or place it in milk and go immediately to a dental office.

  8. Orthodontic appliances should be cleaned daily using a denture-cleansing bath and rinsed thoroughly before being reinserted into the mouth.

  9. And of course, brush and floss your teeth twice a day and visit your dentist office every six months.