We all know it's best to prevent problems before they begin to occur. This is true when caring for your child's teeth as well. We can help you understand how to form healthy habits for your children to prevent issues before they begin.
Preventing Oral Health Problems
When we provide our children with good oral health habits early in life, we set them on a path to having a smile that lasts a lifetime. There are some important things to remember when it comes to preventing cavities, oral injuries, and other concerns that we've provided below.
- Brushing twice a day is important! Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste (for kids under two years of age, use a toothpaste without fluoride) to help remove any food particles, plaque, or other foreign objects from the surface of teeth.
- When brushing, also brush the top surface of your tongue to help eliminate even more particles and cavity-causing bacteria.
- Help your child floss daily too. It removes particles that get stuck between teeth where the bristles on your toothbrush can't reach.
- Eating a balanced diet without lots of extra sugar will help you avoid cavities. Processed foods are notorious for added sugar. Whenever possible, opt for fruits and veggies, yogurt, cheese, or other unprocessed foods and treats.
- Don't forget about your six-month checkup with the dentist!
- If tooth decay is a concern, ask your dentist about additional interventions, like sealants, that can further inhibit cavity growth.
- Have your child wear mouth protection if they'll be involved in sports with a risk of oral injury.
Sometimes, even the best preventative care can't prevent cavities or other problems. If you have a concern about your child's oral health, you can always make an appointment to come in and meet with our staff. We are more than happy to assess your child's teeth and gums and make any recommendations.