Age: between 6 years and 12 years old

Good eating habits. Snack Facts

 
Eating a lot of snacks that have sugar may give your child tooth decay. 
 
Limit snacking between meals. When eating many snacks, the acid in the mouth is high. High acid levels can help make a cavity. Try to avoid sugary foods like gum, hard candies, and suckers that stay in the mouth for a long time. 
 
Limit the eating of soft, sticky sweets that get on and in between the teeth, like chewy candy or raisins. Sticky foods stay in the mouth longer and the acid can decay the tooth. 
 
Do reduce the damage that can be caused by sweets by serving sweets with other foods or drink. 
 
Your child needs to eat many kinds of foods: breads, milk and milk products, meat, vegetables and fruits. Do give your child snacks that are low in sugar like vegetables, fruit, cheese, or pretzels. 
 
Brush the teeth after eating. It is important to prevent getting tooth decay.
 
Early Warning Signs of Tooth Decay
 

See your dentist if you notice:

Small white spots on teeth.
  • Swelling of the face.
  • Tiny holes in enamel.
  • Pain in mouth.
  • Tooth sensitive to heat, cold, or sweets.
  • Tooth painful or sensitive when chewing.

Going to the Dentist

Keep visiting the dentist every 6 months. You and your child will keep learning how to keep a healthy mouth. 
 
The dentist will keep watching for tooth decay and changes in the mouth that may cause tooth decay. 
 
The dentist will only recommend x-rays when necessary. 
 
The dentist will do an exam and decide how often to clean the teeth and how often to put fluoride on the teeth. 
 
Your dentist will talk with you and your child about how oral care is going. You will talk about your child’s oral habits and what advice may be helpful for you and your child. This could include eating healthy, preventing oral injuries from playing and sports. 
 
The dentist will keep looking at the mouth and how the teeth fit together. The dentist may recommend how to fix any problems. 
 
The dentist will recommend sealants as the permanent back teeth come in. Dental sealants are a plastic resin that a dentist puts into the grooves of the chewing part of a tooth to help prevent tooth decay.