How To Prevent Cavities in Children

How To Prevent Cavities in Children

Are you wondering how you can help your child have and maintain proper oral health? Do you want to keep cavities at bay? 

Read on to find out more! 

What Causes Cavities

Cavities are caused by bacteria living in the mouth. This bacteria grows when a person does not have proper oral hygiene. Sugars and starches are left on the teeth, and in combination with bacteria, it creates plaque that in time eats away the tooth enamel, leading to cavities. 

Tips for Preventing Cavities

Cavities can be prevented, and parents can start even before their teeth start growing. 

Before teething, you can start by cleaning the baby’s gums with a clean washcloth to clean away the bacteria.

Once your child starts teething, you can start brushing their teeth with fluoride toothpaste. Ask your pediatric dentist for tips to brush an infant’s teeth.

Teaching Children to Brush/ Floss Daily

As soon as the child is old enough to brush their teeth by themselves, encourage them to do so and build the daily habit of taking care of their oral health. 

Supervise your child when they brush their teeth and make sure they don't swallow the toothpaste. 

For children younger than 3 years old, use a small amount of toothpaste, and teach them to floss also.

Help them build and stick with the care routine on a daily basis.

Get Enough Fluoride

By using fluoride products, your child’s teeth will have a more resistant enamel and will be protected against cavities. Acids will affect the enamel less as fluoride makes it easier for the tooth to build healthy minerals. 

Healthy Diet and Limit Sugary Foods and Drinks

Your child’s diet influences the health of their teeth. While certain foods can help your child develop strong and healthy teeth, other foods can have the opposite effect, causing your child to get cavities.

Sugary drinks and juices are better limited.

Sugary snacks that are high in carbohydrates can also cause cavities as they get stuck to the tooth, and the acid starts attacking the enamel.

Sticky foods also damage your child’s teeth due to the ingredients in them. The same goes for molasses, syrup, etc. With these foods, it is harder for the saliva to wash them away and they can stick to the teeth for too long, creating plaque and cavities.

Look for healthier alternatives and reduce the intake of certain foods that can be riskier. 

Routine Visits to the Dentist

Visits to the dentist are crucial in the healthy development of your child’s teeth. If something is not ok, with routine check-ups the dentist will be able to prevent other complications.

How Dentists Can Help Prevent Cavities

Take your child to regular dental exams where the pediatric dentist will monitor your child’s oral health and catch any problems early. This will benefit your child’s oral health, preventing major issues. Preventive care is an essential part of keeping up with a healthy dental care routine.

At My Kids Happy Teeth, we are thrilled to meet your child. 

You can schedule an appointment with one of our doctors by following the link here. We will make sure your child receives the best care and a beautiful smile.

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