Children are just as susceptible to tooth decay as adults. In fact, even babies can develop decay. Fortunately, there are ways we can safeguard little smiles against cavities. In today’s blog, we’re going to look at preventive dentistry and proper homecare!
Healthier Diets and Proper Homecare
First, instead of letting your kids consume sugary or starchy foods (like candy, chips, chocolate) and sugary/acidic beverages (soda, fruit juice, energy drinks, and sports drinks) try to limit these to special occasions. Instead, encourage them to drink water (which contains no sugars or acids) and eat snacks consisting of fresh fruit, veggies, low-fat yogurt, and nuts. Not only do they contain key nutrients, but some fruits and veggies, like broccoli, apples, and carrots, can help scrub away plaque as they are consumed.
In addition, your kids should be brushing their teeth for at least two minutes each session, twice a day. They also need to floss before going to bed. You can help them or monitor them, or even buy a fun app on your phone to make the process more engaging.
Dental Sealants and Fluoride Treatments
We can help prevent cavities with preventive treatments. For example, we can place a fluoride varnish on the teeth in just a few minutes, which strengthens the outer enamel and reduces the risk of tooth decay. We can also place dental sealants on the back teeth, which prevent food from becoming stuck between thee hard-to-reach teeth, limiting the chances of cavities forming.
Checkups and Cleanings
Every six months, your child should have a checkup and cleaning. During the checkup portion, we can assess their risk of decay and if needed, recommend treatment before a cavity starts causing discomfort. The cleaning allows us to completely remove plaque from their teeth, leaving behind a smoother finish, brighter teeth, and fresher breath, as well as a lower risk of tooth decay.
Do Your Kids Need an Appointment?
We can help your kids enjoy a healthier smile and a reduced risk of developing serous oral health concerns later in life. You can schedule an appointment with Munilla Dental in Southlake, TX by calling 817-379-1200.