Tooth Decay Prevention

At Children’s Dentistry of Stuart, we believe that kids should never lose that bright, happy smile as they grow up. That’s why we’ve created a welcoming and comfortable office environment, where we offer our pediatric dentistry services to the families of Stuart, Palm City, Port St. Lucie, and the surrounding communities.  We want to make sure that your kids have a bright future ahead of them, full of healthy smiles.  

A key part of that mission of keeping your kids in good oral health is the process of preventing tooth decay. Tooth decay can lead to a wide range of more serious dental problems as your kids get older, so establishing good habits and preventing it from developing is essential.

What Causes Tooth Decay?

h-pediatric6.jpgTooth decay is a progressive dental disease that results from the interaction of bacteria that naturally occur in your mouth and the food particles that you eat every day. The result of tooth decay is simply that your teeth will start to break down and wear away, which can lead to more serious dental diseases in the future.  

The bacteria and the food particles in your mouth combine to create acid, which will start to eating away at the minerals of the teeth. If the acid is allowed to sit on the teeth and eat away at them, cavities will start to form, and eventually more serious conditions will develop. These acids break down the minerals in teeth, forming a cavity. A dentist can remove the decay and fill the tooth or cover the tooth, but the better strategy is to prevent the decay from ever happening. 

The Best Ways To Prevent Tooth Decay

At Children’s Dentistry of Stuart, we believe that the battle against tooth decay is not a battle that anyone should fight alone. That’s why we recommend that you approach protecting your teeth and maintaining good oral health as a team with your kids. That way, your kids always have positive reinforcement with a role model to look up to and follow on the path to good health. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing together each day will help keep both you and your kids accountable for taking care of your teeth. With that said, here are the best ways to prevent tooth decay.

Regular Dental Visits

Even with the best oral hygiene routine, nothing can replace regular check-ins with the dentist. Especially with your kids, taking them in for their appointments with our pediatric dentists, Drs. Torres & Sugar, will allow us to keep an eye on how their teeth are developing and prevent some dental issues from surfacing if caught early. Regular cleanings will ensure that the teeth, gums, and mouth are in top shape.

For both you and your kids, we recommend regular visits to the dentist twice a year (once every six months). At each appointment, your dentist will examine your teeth and provide an evaluation of existing dental problems and proposed treatment.

Eating Teeth-Friendly Foods

Your teeth, gums, and mouth are all part of your body, so it needs a healthy, well-balanced diet to stay healthy just as the rest of your body does. It’s best to avoid or limit sugary and starchy foods, including cookies, chips, crackers, candy, and sugary drinks. All of these foods are well-known culprits that can actually accelerate tooth decay, so if you can manage to cut them of out of your and your kids’ diets, you’ll all be better off. 

There are also foods that can help strengthen your teeth, with essential vitamins and minerals that your teeth need to stay protected against harmful acids in foods. These foods include vegetables, low-fat yogurt, and cheeses. Just because these are healthier for your teeth, doesn’t excuse you from still brushing, flossing, and rinsing after you eat!


The grooves that form the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars) are extremely difficult to clean of bacteria and food. As the bacteria react with the food, acids form and break down the tooth enamel, causing cavities. Tooth sealants can protect these areas by sealing the grooves, preventing bacteria and food particles from accumulating. The sealants are made of a resin material that is applied to the back teeth, molars, premolars and any area prone to cavities. Sealants last for several years but needs to be checked during regular appointments with your pediatric dentist.

The Magic Mineral: Fluoride

Fluoride is a secret weapon against tooth decay, since it helps your teeth become stronger, even making them more resistant to tooth decay.

There are small bits of fluoride in our public water supply, so drinking water regularly should help get that fluoride exposure on your teeth to help prevent cavities and decay. Also, there are dental products such as toothpastes and mouthwash that have fluoride.

*Be careful with your kids using fluoride dental products. Contact us at Children’s Dentistry of Stuart and ask us about what oral hygiene products that we would recommend for you kids based on their age.

Visit Your Local Dentist In Stuart, FL

If you have any questions about what more you can be doing to protect your kids from tooth decay, don’t hesitate to contact us at Children’s Dentistry of Stuart! We’ll work with you and your kids to get them on the path to good oral health. We proudly offer our pediatric dentistry services to Stuart, Palm City, Port St. Lucie, and the surrounding areas out of our local office here in Stuart, FL. We look forward to having you join our family of happy, smiling patients!