How to Prevent Cavities in Your Little One's Teeth

How to Prevent Cavities in Your Little One's Teeth

Cavities or tooth decay are the most common problem that occurs in your child’s tooth and could even lead to permanent damage to your child’s teeth. Though it can appear in your child’s temporary tooth, you should never ignore it.

It is essential to know the causes of cavities in your child’s teeth and how you can prevent them from decaying.

Common Causes of Cavities

Cavities occur when dental plaque collects on the teeth. This plaque is composed of bacteria that, when they feed on food residues, produce acids that eventually start eating at the tooth enamel and making a hole in it. If children do not brush their teeth twice a day, a buildup of plaque could occur on your child’s teeth. However, it is not always the brushing habit that can lead to cavities. Eating foods that are sweet, sugary, or starch (rich in carbohydrates) can also be one of the causes of cavities in your child’s teeth.

How to Prevent Cavities

The best and the most fundamental way to prevent cavities in your little one’s teeth is by teaching them to adopt good oral hygiene. Monitor your child’s habit of brushing their teeth twice a day. Furthermore, ensure that you seek dental appointments for your child every six to twelve months. 

Keep your infant’s mouth away from germs. Clean their gums with a soft cloth after feeding them or brush their new teeth softly to remove any build-up of bacteria in their mouth. It is suggested to use fluoride toothpaste to clean your child’s teeth and preserve their smile. 

Children with a sweet tooth can satisfy their cravings by choosing alternatives to sweet dishes like blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries, yogurts, frozen bananas, nuts, unsweetened apple sticks, cheese sticks, granola bars, dries fruits with less or no added sugars, and carrot and dip. 

It is vital to monitor the early signs of cavities to prevent them in the future. Reduce sugar consumption.  Make dental hygiene practices a part of their daily routine. This way you can help save your child from tooth decay.

Worried about your child’s teeth cavities? Worry no more. Aurora Children’s Dentistry, the comprehensive pediatric dental care provider in Anchorage, AK is ready to serve your little one and make sure their teeth are cared for. For consultation and more details, call us at (907) 336-1234 or book online.

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