5 Ways To Prevent Cavities In Children
Cavities and decay can cause all kinds of problems for your children’s teeth. Decay is caused not only by the food they consume, but is also dependent upon their oral hygiene habits, what they put in their mouth and their access to fluoride. Here are five tips to prevent cavities and keep your child’s smile healthy.
- Brush regularly. Pediatric dentist Dr. Cameron Fuller states, “Brushing is the single most important task a child can do in order to prevent cavities.” When food is consumed the food quickly turns to sugar, which allows bacteria that is already in the mouth, to begin a feeding frenzy on the tooth enamel. The longer they go without brushing, the more buildup and chance of cavities and decay there is.
- Floss 1x a day. Flossers can be easier for young children, as it can be difficult for them to floss the back molars. Flossing helps to remove any food between the teeth that is stuck. It prevents food from moving below the gum line and causing bleeding or swollen gums.
- Visit the dentist at least 2x a year. Any problems that may have been developing can be taken care of quickly when they visit the dentist. Visiting the dentist can also insure they are brushing and flossing correctly and that there is no sign of cavities.
- Increase your childrens’ consumption of water. It is critical, not only for their overall health but to remove food from teeth. When they are consuming food at school or in places where they are not able to brush right away, water can rinse any of that food from the surfaces of their teeth.
- Increase their fruits and vegetables consumption. Fruits and vegetables are not only packed with water, they are also great for the body. “Eating fruits and vegetables and fewer carbohydrates help keep food off of the teeth,” says Dr. Fuller.
For questions or concerns contact Dr. Cameron Fuller & his team today!