All children are at risk of developing tooth decay and many factors can contribute to them getting cavities. One of the most important things you can do for your child and their preventive care is to take your child to see the dentist every 6 months. Their dentist will be able to evaluate your child’s mouth and see if they are at risk for cavities. They will also be able to examine their oral structure and teeth.
How can I Help Prevent Dental Decay?
There are some things you can do as a parent to help reduce any risk of your child’s mouth getting tooth decay.
The first thing you want to do is to make sure your child is brushing and flossing regularly. They should be brushing in the morning and before bed to remove plaque, bacteria, and sugar build up from the day.
Add in fluoride or fluoride toothpaste into their routine. Flouride will help to restore any minerals and strengthen the enamel that the bacteria killed.
Try and limit their sugary foods/drinks. The more your child is eating starchy or sugary foods throughout the day, the more often these are consumed throughout the course of the day or in between meals, the more their teeth are going to be exposed to decay.
Visit the dentist regularly. A dentist will be able to deep clean your child’s teeth and help remove any build up of plaque or tartar which will help any tooth decay from forming.
Dental Sealants. Dental sealants can be a great idea if your child has weak teeth or is doing everything they can to prevent cavities yet they are still getting them. Most often, dental sealants are recommended for your child’s permanent molars. A sealant is a flowable plastic material that will bond to your child’s tooth and will help seal any deep groves that the teeth may have. A smooth surface will be easier for your child to brush and remove all plaque or tartar.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s oral health ask your dentist at their next dental appointment. We are happy to help keep your teeth protected and healthy for their whole life.