Since 1941 the American Dental Association has championed healthy diet and good oral health practices through National Children’s Dental Health Month during the month of February.

Children should brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, says the NIDC. Help them if they are between ages two and six, putting only a pea-sized dollop of toothpaste on their toothbrush, brushing for them and making sure they rinse and spit out toothpaste. Don’t let children swallow toothpaste because fluoride can accumulate and cause dental fluorosis, advises the NIDC.

Regular visits to your dentist can also help your child prevent cavities in many ways, including removal of dental plaque, checking for signs of early decay and showing you and your child the proper way to clean teeth, including flossing.