Six years and beyond
- Have sealants placed on first permanent molars as soon as they erupt, usually around the age of six. Sealants placed on the biting surfaces of molars protect them from decay.
- Primary (baby) teeth begin to fall out. Some of them may remain until a child is 11 or 12.
- Ask for professional application of fluoride once or twice a year in fluoride deficient areas and/or for children who have cavities.
- Encourage the use of mouth guards when playing sports.
- Supervise your child's daily toothbrushing.
- Provide healthy food choices for your child.
- Encourage sensible snacking that includes foods such as raw vegetables, fruits, nuts and cheese.