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Tips to Prevent Dental Cavities in Children

Posted on 10/15/2023 by Cooley Smiles Lynwood
Woman dental assistant showing young boy patient an x-ray at Cooley Smiles in Lynnwood, WAChildren are more prone to cavities than adults. This is because they crave sugary items and do not understand the benefits of oral health. When teeth cleaning is not done correctly, a sticky substance called plaque forms around the teeth. Over time, plaque will destroy the enamel, resulting in cavities. The good news is that some tips can help to prevent cavities in kids. Here they are:

Introduce Healthy Brushing Techniques

As you are aware, poor teeth-cleaning habits are the leading cause of cavities. Do you know something as simple as brushing twice daily can maintain the health of your kid's teeth? Unfortunately, some children do not like brushing their teeth, but you can motivate them by showing them your habits. You can also make it fun by singing a song while brushing. Be sure to floss their teeth because food particles can hide between them. Another way to promote healthy brushing is by introducing an electric toothbrush. This device scrubs the teeth while rotating to ensure that all areas in the mouth are clean.

Consider Dental Sealants

Regardless of how well your children brush their teeth, they may miss the back molars. In addition, the chewing surfaces may have grooves that a toothbrush cannot reach. This increases the risk of plaque, which can damage the tooth. Luckily, dental sealants offer an extra layer to prevent the teeth from cavities.

Consider Professional Dental Cleaning and Checkups

Regular dental cleaning and checkups are other ways to prevent cavities in kids. A trip to a pediatric dentist helps to remove plaque and tartar, and spot cavities early before they harm the child's teeth. The professional can also apply a fluoride treatment to make the child's teeth strong and resistant to acids. Contact us and learn more about preventative oral care for kids.

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