Preventing Cavities in Children

Bacteria, sugars, and carbohydrates create acid and cavities in your child’s mouth. Tooth enamel gets stripped away, causing holes in your child’s teeth. Cavities require a visit to the dentist once they’ve formed, so the dentist can repair or replace the damage to your child’s teeth.

Preventing cavities with proper eating and habit forming will keep your kid’s teeth safe.

What Can I Do to Prevent My Child from Getting Cavities?

There are several things you can do to prevent cavities from forming in your child’s teeth. Teaching children about good oral hygiene habits at an early age is so important. In fact, as soon as your baby’s first teeth develop at six months old, it’s a good idea to start brushing and flossing.

Here are several recommended tips on preventing cavities in both children and adolescents:

Preventative Care Tips for Babies, Toddlers and Pre-Schoolers

  • Clean your baby’s gums with a clean, wet washcloth after each feeding.
  • When your baby’s first tooth appears, you can start brushing with plain water.
  • You can begin flossing when your child’s second tooth emerges.
  • Begin scheduled visits with your family dentist before age 1.

Preventative Care Tips for Adolescents

  • Brush twice a day (after meals) and floss at least once.
  • Drink plenty of water daily.
  • Visit your dentist every six months for routine checkups.
  • Ask about dental sealants to protect teeth where decay has started.
  • Eat nutritious foods like fruit and vegetables.
  • Avoid sugary foods and drinks.
  • Wear a mouthguard when playing sports.
  • Avoid tobacco use.
  • Avoid oral piercings.

Preventing Cavities with Kool Smiles

As community leaders in oral health education and preventative services, Kool Smiles has everything your kids need to stay healthy. Since 2002, we have helped families in communities across the United States with dental care and education.

You can expect quality care, preventative services, and affordable payment options to meet your budget with Kool Smiles. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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Sources:

Colgate: https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/conditions/cavities/how-to-prevent-cavitites-in-three-important-steps-0314