What can I do to help prevent my child from getting cavities?
We all know that sugary snacks and sodas can cause cavities. But did you know that sports drinks, cereals, crackers, gummy vitamins, and juice can all contribute to dental caries, also known as decay?
Starting your child young with good oral hygiene habits is the best way to prevent cavities. When your child is an infant, you can rub their gums with a damp, soft cloth to remove any bacteria on the gums. As your child’s teeth grow in, you can brush using a specially designed toothbrush just for kids.
When your child is under 3, use only a smear or pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste since your little one will likely swallow it. Daily flossing will also ward off decay as well as prevent gum disease.
One of the most important things you can do to prevent dental cavities is to bring your child in for an exam and cleaning at least every six months. This gives Dr. Walton an opportunity to monitor the oral health of your child and provide preventive or restorative treatment options, when necessary.
We also offer preventive treatments such as fluoride and dental sealants when your little one needs added protection from decay. We can discuss prevention when you bring in your child for a dental exam.