Preventing Childhood Cavities

Preventing Childhood Cavities
Posted on 03/27/2017
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We want every child who visits our Stuart, FL pediatric dental office to be excited every time they step into the office to help instill the importance of going to the dentist regularly. The very first step in protecting your child’s teeth and ensuring he/she feels comfortable visiting our pediatric dentists is educating ourselves and our children about oral hygiene and how to prevent cavities from forming. Here is what you need to know about cavities and what can be done to prevent them.

Tips From Your Palm City Area Kids’ Dentist: How To Prevent Cavities

The number one way to prevent cavities from forming is maintaining good oral hygiene, which should be taught as soon as possible. For infants, it's best to use wet gauze, a toothbrush, or clean washcloth to wipe bacteria from emerging teeth and gums after each feeding and to always take the bottle away from your child before he/she falls asleep. As your child gets older, he/she should eat a balanced diet low in sugary snacks, brush and floss routinely, and see a pediatric dentist regularly.

Some of the biggest culprits for cavities are:

  • Eating or drinking before bedtime
  • Going to bed with a bottle
  • Frequent snacking and sipping milk, juice, and other sugary drinks
  • Consuming candy multiple times a day
  • Not brushing before bed
  • Gummy vitamins and fruit snacks

Routine Visits To Your Palm City Area Pediatric Dentist

Good dental health starts young. Drs. Nancy Torres and Julie Sugar recommends coming in for an appointment every six months for a checkup and cleaning. These checkups not only prevent long term oral health issues, but they will instill in your child the importance of proper oral hygiene.

The Importance of Brushing

Brushing is the first defense in preventing cavities. It also helps reduce bad breath and other dental conditions. Make sure your child uses a toothbrush with soft bristles and a toothpaste with fluoride in it.

Flossing With Young Ones

Flossing helps get rid of plaque where toothbrushes can’t reach in between teeth. We recommend flossing with your child at least once a day before he/she go to bed. The first time your child flosses, there is a chance that the gums may bleed a little. This is normal. If the bleeding does not stop after a few times, contact our Stuart pediatric dentists.

Contact Your Palm City & Stuart Children’s Dentist

Brushing and flossing with your child are great first steps to avoiding cavities and encouraging a proper oral hygiene routine. Regularly visiting your pediatric dentist is the next step in getting your child on track to the best smile. We proudly provide your children with a caring and welcoming dental office environment to introduce them to the importance of oral health. If you would like to make an appointment for your child, contact us today or request an appointment online. We look forward to seeing you and your child soon!