At Children’s Crossing Pediatric Dentistry, our primary mission is the continual care and upkeep of you and your child’s teeth. Our kids dentist services include proactive, preventive methods for long-lasting tooth and gum health, plus habits that will stick with kids forever.
One of the biggest combatants we’re engaged against? Tooth decay, or any permanently damaged areas in the teeth that can develop into tiny holes. Tooth decay is caused by acids in the mouth creating bacteria, which eats away at teeth. Cavities are a form of tooth decay, as are tooth infections, tooth losses and other issues. As a parent, there are home strategies you can take to help reduce your child’s risk of tooth decay – here are a few tips.
Water and Fluoride
Fluoride is a vital piece of the fight against tooth decay, and it helps to decrease these incidents significantly. Water is an important consideration when it comes to fluoride – bottled water is fine in general, but too much of it will cause too little fluoride to be in the body. Try to drink tap water and public sources containing fluoride, just to ensure that your child gets the proper nutrients here.
Foods that can get stuck in the teeth easily will breed bacteria, which can lead to tooth decay. If you children eat foods like chips, candy or cookies, they should brush shortly afterward to help ensure no particles are left between teeth. Fruits and vegetables, on the other hand, help the mouth naturally increase saliva flow and eliminate bacteria, so promote these.
Kids should brush at least twice a day, or sometimes more, and always with a toothpaste containing fluoride. In some cases, a dentist will recommend a mouth rinse with additional fluoride if kids are at high risk of cavities or decay. Make sure your kids brush for at least two minutes at a time, and are doing so with proper technique rather than just going through the motions.
Every snack adds another chance for bacteria to grow during long periods where the child might not be brushing, so where possible, lean in other directions for food choices.
Above all else, regular checkups with your children’s dentist will help prevent the undetected onset of tooth decay or other significant dental issues. There may be times where you simply can’t prevent or properly identify tooth decay, and that’s what our dentists are here for.
To learn more about tooth decay, or to schedule an appointment, speak to the service staff at Children’s Crossing Pediatric Dentistry today.