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4 Tips for Preventing Tooth Decay in Children
 

4 Tips for Preventing Tooth Decay in Children


As soon as your child's teeth emerge, you'll want to be proactive about keeping them in good health. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that all children see a dentist by their first birthday. From there, you'll want to start scheduling regular check-ups. There are also other measures that will help to prevent cavities from forming in your child's teeth. Here are four helpful tips for preventing tooth decay in your child.

Start Brushing Early

As soon as your child's first tooth arrives, you'll want to start brushing twice per day. Gums and tongue should also be brushed to help achieve overall strong oral health. Before age three, your child's teeth should be brushed with only a small dab of toothpaste---similar in size to a grain of rice. After age three, you can bump it up to a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.

Start Flossing Early

Regular flossing should be done starting at age two. This will remove debris that could cause decay---and will play an important role in preserving the health of teeth and gums. When just starting out with flossing, you may need to do the work on your child's behalf. But once they gain the dexterity and willingness, you'll want to have them start to take over.

Healthy Diet

Sugary and highly acidic foods are more likely to cause tooth decay. Chewy candy is especially bad for kids' teeth because it tends to get stuck in crevices. A reasonable amount of dairy is good for children's teeth because it helps to build strong enamel, which in turn protects against cavity formation. Eggs and leafy vegetables are also good foods for promoting strong dental health.

Fluoride Supplement

While the city of Gilbert does add fluoride to the water, if you live in a rural area with a well, you may want to consider a fluoride supplement. This will help to prevent tooth decay by making teeth more resistant to acid and plaque bacteria.

If your child needs dental care, be sure to get in touch with a reputable pediatric dentist. For a children's dentist in Gilbert, Mesa, and Chandler, AZ, the trusted name is Sweet Tooth Pediatric Dentistry at (480) 637-4186. We also specialize in cosmetic dentistry for kids in Gilbert, AZ. Feel free to give Sweet Tooth Pediatric Dentistry a call today to schedule an appointment!

Posted: May 10, 2021