San Benito County

Health & Human Services Agency

Hollister, California

Pre-School Oral Health

Ages 3 - 4

  • Cavities (also known as caries or tooth decay) are one of the most common chronic diseases of childhood in the United States. Untreated cavities can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning.
  • Pre-school children need help from their caregivers to brush and floss correctly. This should be done twice a day for 2 minutes. Caregivers need to check the teeth and gums of their children daily to make sure there are not problems.
  • Limit sugary drinks, juice, and sugary foods. These are often given daily and contribute to tooth decay.
  • Sippy cups should only have water in them, frequent drinking of milk, soda and juice feed bacteria that cause cavities.
  • No sharing of utensils or other things placed in the mouth.
  • A visit to the dentist every 6 months is recommended along with fluoride varnish applications.
  • In need of a dentist for your child call us: 831-637-5367
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