Children will do everything that they see mom and dad do. Before bed, your child gets to brush their teeth, then it is mom or dad’s turn to help floss and brush.

Do not take the bottle to bed in the crib, especially if it contains milk. It can spoil and cause cavities in the teeth. Generally avoid sugared sodas and juices and drinks that have added sugar.

A little toothpaste is good. A children’s fluoride containing toothpaste until age 5, then a regular formula toothpaste that contains fluoride is recommended. By age 7, you should be able to make your bed and floss your own teeth.