Dental Tips Blog

Sep
15

Help Your Child Avoid Cavities – 4 Strategies

Learning that your kid needs a filling or two can be one of the worst feelings! You don’t want to put your children through any dental treatment that can be avoided.

How can you prevent cavities form showing up in the first place? By following a few preventive steps, you can keep your kid’s smile sparkling and healthy.

  1. Fluoride, Fluoride, Fluoride!

Fluoride is a natural mineral that is essential to healthy tooth development. It also strengthens tooth enamel against attacks from acid and cavity-causing bacteria. Fluoride is used in toothpaste, mouthwashes, professional treatments, and prescription supplements as necessary.

  1. Introduce Great Oral Hygiene Habits

Begin flossing your child’s teeth as soon as all the baby teeth come in. Encourage independent flossing as soon as your son or daughter can handle floss correctly. Brushing should be done at least twice a day for two minutes. A great oral hygiene routine will definitely lower the cavity risk!

  1. Seal Out Decay Before It Starts

Dental sealants are:

  • Fast
  • Safe
  • Cost-effective
  • Powerful cavity fighters

A sealant is a thin layer of material painted onto the grooves of chewing teeth. This prevents bacteria from hiding in the deep grooves and starting cavities.

  1. Watch the Diet!

Try to limit the amount of sweetened drinks and sticky carbohydrates that your kid eats. These items create an acidic environment in the mouth, which wears down tooth enamel. Carbohydrates are also what feed the bacteria that cause cavities.

To find out exactly which preventive measures are best for your child’s dental health, schedule a visit with your local dentist. A dental check up is the best way to ensure a low cavity risk for your kids!

Posted on behalf of:
Marvin Village Dentistry
8161 Ardrey Kell Road
Suite 101
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 579-5513

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