Cavities are a result of tooth decay. They occur when bacteria in the mouth feed on leftover food particles and produce acid as a byproduct. This acid then dissolves the tooth enamel, causing cavities. Cavities in children most often occur between the ages of 6 and 12. While there are some genetic factors that predispose a child to cavities, good oral hygiene goes a long way in preventing cavities. Here are our tips to prevent cavities in children:
Brush your child's teeth at least twice per day with fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush. This will help prevent cavities from forming on the surface of their teeth.
Flossing helps remove the sticky plaque that accumulates on your children's teeth throughout the day. Using a toothbrush alone is not enough to remove the plaque that hides in between the teeth and along the gum line. In addition to brushing, flossing is an effective way to prevent cavities in children. Once your child has mastered how to floss properly, have him or her floss before bedtime and in the morning before eating breakfast. Till then, help them in flossing their teeth.
Getting your child in to see the dentist regularly for checkups and exams is one of the best things you can do to help prevent the development of cavities. The American Dental Association recommends that children visit a dentist for the first time around the age of one. From there, they should continue to go in for regular checkups every six months or as your dentist advises based on their personal oral health needs.
During each visit, we will provide you with advice on how to best care for your teeth at home and how to ensure that your mouth stays healthy between visits. We will also be able to monitor your child's teeth and take x-rays as needed in order to catch any cavities or other issues early when they are much easier to treat. By scheduling regular visits, you can ensure that your child gets the best protection against developing cavities and that you keep your own smile looking its best as well.
Fluoride is a mineral that naturally occurs in water and soil, and it can also be found in certain toothpaste and mouthwashes. When your child consumes fluoride regularly, it can help prevent tooth decay and cavities. It can also help repair damaged tooth enamel so that it is easier for your child's teeth to grow properly.
To make sure that your family is getting the right amount of fluoride, make sure that you make regular appointments with your dentist. He or she can make sure your child is getting the right doses to help his or her teeth grow strong and healthy.
If it has been six months since you or your children visited the dentist, schedule an appointment with us today. Visit us at 3895 W 7800 S #203, West Jordan, UT 84088. Contact us at (801) 282-6901 or visit our website to book an appointment with us.