Preventive Care: Cavity Prevention
The ADA recommends that children see a dentist by their first birthday. At this first visit, the dentist will explain proper brushing and flossing techniques and do a modified exam while your baby sits on your lap. This will help establish good habits early which will go a long way in preventing cavities and other dental health problems.
These visits can help find problems early and help kids get used to visiting the dentist so they’ll have less fear about going to the dentist as they get older. Consider taking your child to a dentist who specializes in treating kids. Pediatric Dentistry is the perfect place to take your child. We are trained to handle the wide range of issues associated with kids’ dental health.
How Can We Prevent Cavities?
Cavities happen when bacteria and food are left on the teeth after eating that are not brushed away. As bacteria breaks down the food, acids collect on the tooth, softening its enamel until a hole or cavity is formed.
Here’s are a few tips on how to keep cavities away:
- Start good oral habits early. Teach your kids to brush at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and to floss regularly.
- Get enough fluoride. Regular use of fluoride toughens the enamel, making it harder for acid to penetrate.
Limit or avoid some foods. Sugary foods, juices, candy (especially sticky gummy candy, gummy vitamins, or fruit leather or “roll-ups”) can erode enamel and cause cavities.
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