Tooth decay is not just a problem that adults face, it affects almost half of all toddlers and older children. During your child’s dental exams at our office, we discuss various ways to prevent cavities and here, we will share some of that important information with you.
Caries is a multi factorial process and the factors involved include oral hygiene, diet and genetics.
We all know that good oral hygiene is important for prevention of cavities. To that effect, a lack of brushing, flossing and use of preventative fluoride products can lead to cavities. When it comes to diet, it is important to limit sugary foods and beverages. We are not saying no to treats once in a while, but it is important to brush after those treats such as cake or Halloween candy! Now, genetics such as the components in your saliva or bacterial makeup also play a role in the formation of cavities. Hence, it is important not to share cups and spoons with your children, so you don’t transfer that bacteria to your children.
Here Are A Few Tips to Help You Prevent Tooth Decay in Kids
Create A Tooth Brushing Routine
A healthy tooth brushing routine is essential to prevention of cavities. Children usually respond positively to the creation of a routine, but they need consistent reinforcement for it to become successful. If your child can get into the habit of brushing their teeth consistently, it is something that will stick with them through out their lives!
Help Kids with Brushing and supervise older children!
By helping your child, you ensure that there is no food debris left behind after they brush, and this helps to prevent cavities. Let your child brush first and then Continue to supervise your child’s brushing until they are about 8 years old or can tie their own shoelaces!
Visit Your Pediatric Dentist at Hifive Dental Regularly
Taking your children to the pediatric dentist for annual check-ups is just as important as adult check-ups. Your child’s first visit should be when their first tooth erupts or atleast by their first birthday. Dentists can help reinforce the ideas that oral health is an important part of their overall health, as well as routinely check for signs of tooth decay. We will also give parents tips and tricks for taking care of their kids’ teeth.
Tooth decay can lead to pain, sensitivity and even tooth loss. Following the tips outlined above can help your child avoid infection and serious tooth decay. Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your children.