Preventative dental care helps establish the foundation for your child’s lifetime of healthy teeth and good oral health. We may recommend fluoride treatments and dental sealants in order to keep your child’s teeth free of cavities. Below you can find some tips that help your child practice good oral health care at home and reduce their chances of tooth decay.
What causes cavities in children?
Most cavities are a result of foods high in sugar, habits such as regular brushing and flossing, and saliva consistency. If your child eats a lot of foods that are high in carbs and sugars, their saliva tends to thicken, which breaks down food more slowly than thinner saliva.
Remember also that the longer it takes your child to chew their food, the higher his or her chances of getting a cavity, as food residue sticks to their teeth longer.
By limiting sugar intake and practice good oral health care habits with your child, you can help prevent cavities and tooth decay in your child’s teeth.
Cavity prevention tips:
- Encourage brushing, flossing, and rinsing.
- Avoid giving your child sticky foods.
- Make treats part of meals.
- Choose nutritious snacks.
- Encourage your child to drink water or milk instead of sugary drinks.