Almost 42% of kids get at least one cavity in their permanent teeth, making cavities the most prevalent avoidable ailment in children, according to the CDC. The Good Dentist wants to ensure that parents have the information and tools necessary to properly care for their children’s teeth and keep them cavity-free.
These are 5 techniques to guard against cavities in baby teeth:
Encourage Proper Brushing and Flossing Habits
Your child should brush their teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time. They should clean their teeth at least twice a day—once in the morning and once at night. You will have to brush your child’s teeth till they are around 6 years old or are able to tie their own shoes.
Moreover, flossing is important to avoid cavities. Plaque and food particles that are difficult to reach with brushing can be removed. Until your child can begin flossing on their own, usually around the age of 10, you should brush and floss their teeth once a day.
Watch Their Diet – Avoid Sugar, Acid, and Simple Carbohydrates
Sugary meals and beverages, such as soda, juice, and sweets, are particularly detrimental to your child’s oral health. The sugary residue is devoured by oral bacteria, which promotes the growth of acids. More cavities result from more acid! Moreover, simple carbs, such as the starches in potato chips, might promote bacterial development and cause cavities. Encourage your youngster to eat a diet high in fiber and complex carbs while avoiding sugary drinks and snacks whenever possible.
Come to Honest Teeth for Six-Month Checkups
At The Good Dentist, Dr. Ostromecki will make sure that your child’s mouth is in good health. Our experts will thoroughly clean your child’s teeth during routine exams, removing plaque and tartar from their mouth’s difficult-to-reach places. Also, we’ll look for cavities and take care of any abnormalities before they worsen.
Consider Fluoride Treatment
Tooth decay is reversible at the earliest possible stage. The term “soft spot” refers to the stage of tooth decay where a cavity has not yet fully formed but the enamel of the tooth is beginning to deteriorate.
A fluoride treatment is typically given following an oral examination and involves painting your child’s teeth with a fluoride-rich gel. Fluoride enables weak teeth to remineralize and strengthen, which can stop the development of cavities and reverse minor tooth decay.
Think About Dental Sealants
Dental sealants might help safeguard your child’s teeth if they are prone to cavities. A specific plastic resin used for dental sealants is painted on your child’s back molars and then solidified by a UV light. After the resin has dried and solidified, a barrier protects the teeth being treated from acid and germs for up to ten years, delaying the development of cavities.
Keep Little Smiles Healthy – Come To The Good Dentist Today!
Dr. Ostromecki of The Good Dentist is available to assist you whether you believe your child may have a cavity or simply need preventive care to ensure their mouth remains healthy.
Call (262) 538-0892 or visit our Merton location at 1N67 W28025 Sussex Road, Suite 100, Hartland, WI 53029 to get started and make an appointment.
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