Cavity prevention for your child is a goal that may seem difficult. Regular visits with the dentist starting around the age of twelve months coupled with a program of daily brushing and flossing provide a great start; but there are other things to be done as well.
Your child will be blessed with two sets of teeth … primary teeth that will begin to emerge at four to six months of age; permanent teeth will eventually replace baby teeth. And even though baby teeth will eventually be lost, it is important to keep them healthy as they will be laying the groundwork for permanent teeth.
That first visit to the dentist at twelve months will be comprised primarily of an exam to make sure dental progress is on track. This is a perfect opportunity for caregivers to learn what they can do to help their child maintain great dental health.
As your child grows, teeth will become stronger; decay may seem more prevalent in children as young teeth lack the fortified strength gained during growth. So this makes the actions you can take crucial to their dental health.
Diet – A nutritious diet of fruits, vegetables, proteins, dairy, and healthy grains is ideal. Limit sugary snacks and beverages to special occasions. The likelihood of developing decay and gum disease increases when a child’s diet regularly includes unhealthy snacks and beverages. The sugar and carbohydrates cling to bacteria already present on teeth hardening into plaque. When given the opportunity to grow, plaque build-up contributes to cavities and gum disease.
Education – Teach your children the value of daily brushing and flossing. Provide them with the correct tools … a soft bristle toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. Floss comes in many varieties; provide the floss your child is more inclined to use.
Preventive care – Your dentist can provide topical fluoride treatments to strengthen your child’s dental enamel; sealants can be painted on the chewing surfaces of teeth filling in the natural pits on your child’s teeth where decay often begins.
Make sure your child sees the dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning to remove plaque that has formed since their last visit; teeth will be polished to look their best, and a dental exam will identify potential problems that can be treated before they escalate into something major.
For more information or to schedule a visit, contact our team at Eurodental Studio today.