Preventing Children's Cavities
Tooth decay is the disease known as cavities, a highly preventable disease caused by many factors. Some children may inherit from their parents "good teeth" and never develop cavities.
But more importantly, what the child eats will determine his/her chance of developing cavities. The bacteria in the mouth feed on sugar and starch and produce an acid that can eat through the teeth, leading to tooth decay.
To prevent cavities:
- Brush your child's teeth, tongue, and gums twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste, or supervise them brushing their teeth.
- Floss your child's teeth at least once a day after the age of 2.
- Make sure your child eats a well-balanced diet and limit or eliminate sugary snacks.
- Consult your child's pediatric dentist regarding the supplemental use of fluoride and/or dental sealants to protect your child's teeth against plaque.
- Consult your child's physician or dentist regarding the supplemental use of fluoride and/or dental sealants to protect your child's teeth against plaque.
- Schedule routine (every six months) dental cleanings and examinations for your child.