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847.459.4330

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5 Ways To Prevent Cavities In Children

Did you know tooth decay is the most common preventable childhood disease?

It is important for parents to recognize that a cavity can start to form as soon as a baby tooth starts to erupt. That means as early as four to six months in some children. Parents need to be proactive in helping their children prevent decay. Let’s look at some ways we can help our children BEFORE they get a cavity.

  1. Find a dental home for your child before they turn one. You should find a dentist as soon as their first tooth starts to erupt. Our dental offices are equipped to treat children (as well as adults). They are designed with open inviting treatment rooms with bright colored walls. The doctor and dental staff are warm and friendly, they are trained to treat young children and adolescents.
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  3. Never put your baby in their crib or to sleep with a bottle. Bottles are fine for feeding your child but it should be used for just that. Too often we give our babies bottles to comfort and soothe them, this misuse can cause decay. Bottles should only be filled with formula, milk or water. Never give your child juice or sugary beverages in their bottle.
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  5. Start healthy hygiene habits early. As the parent you should be an example for your child, especially when it comes to oral hygiene. Let your child watch you brush and floss your teeth and then give them a toothbrush so they can brush along with you. After they are finishing brushing, take the brush and brush their teeth for them. You should also start to floss your child’s teeth as soon as the first tooth erupts. Continue helping your child brush until they are eight years old. Before age eight, children do not have the dexterity to brush their own teeth thoroughly.
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  7. Monitor your child’s diet. Limit starchy foods like crackers, french fries and cereals. Starchy foods can get caught in the grooves of teeth and cause decay. If your child does eat these foods make sure you brush their teeth within 30 minutes of eating. Offer your children water throughout the day instead of sugary juice or soda. For snacks, offering dairy products like yogurt and cheese, can help to neutralize acids in the mouths and actually prevent tooth decay.
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  9. Detect cavities early. Tooth decay can spread quickly in children’s mouths. Make sure you’re visiting us at Dental Design every 6 months to stay ahead of any decay. Preventative dental care is always best for their overall health. Children should have a cleaning, check up and fluoride twice a year.