Our Top Cavity Prevention Tips For Children’s Dental Health Month
February is Children’s Dental Health Month, as established by the ADA. And this year, the team at Redmond Art of Dentistry is celebrating by offering you a few top tips for cavity prevention.
Did you know that cavities are the #1 most common preventable childhood disease? Or that 42% of kids aged 2-11 have at least one cavity in a baby tooth? Fortunately, there are multiple ways to keep your child’s mouth healthy and prevent cavities.
1. Brush Twice, Floss Once
Your child needs to brush twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste for at least two minutes using proper brushing technique. It’s usually best to brush for them until they are 6 years old, or coordinated enough to tie their own shoes. Even after they start brushing on their own, supervise them to ensure they are brushing properly, and for the right length of time.
You should floss your child’s teeth, too. Flossing helps reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease. You’ll need to floss for your child until they’re about 10 years old in most cases, since flossing can be quite challenging for kids to master.
2. See Your Dentist Every Six Months
Regular, six-month visits to Redmond Art of Dentistry are essential for keeping your child’s mouth healthy. We can keep an eye on your child’s oral development and identify potential cavities and other oral health issues early, which may prevent the need for fillings. In turn, this saves you both time and money.
3. Eliminate Frequent Snacking In Favor Of Larger Meals
Frequent snacking encourages the buildup of the food particles that oral bacteria consume, which contributes to cavity formation. Eating larger, more spaced-out meals, however, allows your child’s saliva to wash these bacteria away, helping reduce the risk of cavities.
4. Reduce Consumption Of Candy, Starchy Snacks & Sugary Drinks
Oral bacteria thrive when they can consume starch and sugar. Try to eliminate candy and starchy snacks like potato chips from your child’s diet, and encourage them to eat fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. You should also dramatically reduce or eliminate the consumption of fruit juices, sodas, and sports drinks.
5. Consider Fluoride Treatments And Dental Sealants
Fluoride treatments are applied after a regular six-month dental visit at our office, and can help remineralize (strengthen) your child’s teeth and prevent cavities. They’re affordable and usually covered by dental insurance for children.
Dental sealants use a thin, transparent resin that is applied to your child’s rear teeth, which are more cavity-prone. This barrier prevents the contact of bacteria, acid, and food particles, preventing the formation of cavities for up to 10 years. Sealants are a great option if your child is cavity-prone.
Keep Your Child’s Mouth Healthy With These Tips From Redmond Art Of Dentistry!
At Redmond Art of Dentistry, Dr. Daniel Bickel can help your child get the dental care they need to keep their mouths healthy and cavity-free. So celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month with us now. Contact us for an appointment at (425) 883-1331, or stop by in person at 16455 NE 85th Street, Suite #101, Redmond, WA 98052. We hope to see you soon!