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Healthy Teeth Last a Lifetime: You have the Power to Protect your Child’s Smile

Healthy Teeth and Gums Baby Bottle Tooth Decay „„Brush Daily: Use a smear of Fluoridated
toothpaste to brush baby’s teeth morning and
night. Baby’s pinky fingernail is about how
much a “smear” is.

„„All the Family: Cavities are contagious! Mom,
Dad, and siblings need their teeth cleaned
and cavities filled. This reduces the amount
of aggressive bacteria being transferred from
Mom, Dad, and siblings to baby. Avoid sharing
toothbrushes and eating utensils.

Courtesy of Kristi Burke, RDH, BSDH at Chehalis Tribal Dental Clinic „„Dental appointment: Schedule an
appointment with a dentist when first tooth
„„Water to bed: Once the first tooth erupts, put „„Fill sippy cups with water only: Milk and erupts for a fun “chair ride” appointment.
baby to bed with water. This reduces Baby juice should be served with meals, not in a
Bottle Mouth/ Early Childhood cavities caused sippy cup. Repeated exposure to the natural „„Questions? Call your child’s dentist. If
by formula, milk or juice when left in baby’s sugars in milk and juice contribute to cavities. your child doesn’t have a dentist, call your
mouth while sleeping. pediatrician for a referral to a dentist in your

Sunny Delight is not Suggestions:
juice; it is “sugar
water” just like soda „„Dilute juice to mostly water & a few drops of juice.
pop and Kool-Aid „„Offer water. If your tap water is not so good, consider a water filter on

Q. How do you know what is in that beverage you or your child is your tap, the Britta system, or water service.
100% Juice recommendations:
A. Read the label where it says “ingredients.” under 6 months= none

Sunny Delight ingredient list says: water, corn syrup, and 2% or less 1 year to 6 years: 2 ounces (1/4 cup ) to 4 ounces ( 1/2 cup) a day
of the following juices: orange, tangerine, apple, lime, grapefruit. 7 to 18 years: 8 to 12 ounces a day

Does the product say 100% juice? Check your label and only choose 100% Consider drinking water an investment in good health for the entire family.
juice. Even 100% juice should be limited. Submitted by Patty Suskin, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with SPIPA WIC

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following: WIC Program

„„Breast milk is the only nutrient to feed babies until age 4 to 6 months. (Women, Infants, and Children) provides
„„Solid Foods can be introduced to infants after age 4 to 6 months. healthy foods and nutrition information
„„Work with your baby to drink from a cup starting at 6 months.
„„Fruits juice can be used as part of a meal or snack and should only be for you and your child up to age 5.

offered in a cup. For appointments or questions, contact:
„„To avoid cavities, do not allow your child or infant to sip juice throughout Deb Shortman at 360-709-1689

the day. Debbie Gardipee-Reyes at 360-462-3227
„„Consider offering whole fruits instead of juice. or
„„Besides cavities, too much juice can cause diarrhea, obesity, and “picky Patty at 360-462-3224

eater” because they fill up on juice. SPIPA main number: 360-426-3990

1st Thursday each month 9:00 AM — 3:00 PM
at the Chehalis Wellness Center
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