There’s nothing more precious than a child’s smile, which is why it's so important it stays healthy and cavity-free. The Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC) states that tooth decay (cavities) is one of the most common chronic diseases that affect American children.
Cavities are tiny holes that form in the teeth from a buildup of plaque and bacteria. As the holes grow, they can become more painful and lead to other dental health issues if not treated. As a trusted kid’s dentist in New Orleans, Dr. Rusell Schafer strives to help children of all ages attain strong and beautiful smiles.
Here are five ways to help prevent cavities in kids.
#1 Floss Like a Boss
Children should floss between their teeth every day to dislodge food particles. If your child is too young to floss themselves, gently floss their teeth for them or clean between their teeth with an interdental brush.
#2 Don’t Rush When You Brush
To prevent cavities and gum disease, children must brush their teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Make sure your child uses a soft-bristled brush and only uses the recommended amount of toothpaste for their age. Brushing removes plaque and keeps their teeth shiny and clean.
#3 Stay Hydrated
Drinking water, especially fluoridated water, keeps children’s teeth strong. The CDC says children living in communities with fluoridated water have fewer cavities than those who don’t. Plus, our mouths need moisture to remain in good condition, and nothing quite quenches your thirst like water!
#4 Eat a Nutritious Diet
Foods and drinks high in sugar and starch can weaken tooth enamel, cause cavities, and lead to other harmful health conditions. Eating a nutritious diet is essential for your child’s sustained oral health and physical wellbeing.
#5 Get Regular Dental Checkups
Prevention and patient education are the foundations of our family dental practice. We believe preventive dental care, specifically regularly scheduled dental exams and cleanings, are essential for keeping the mouth healthy and cavity-free.
Our thorough and gentle dental exams and cleanings allow the dentist to check for signs of decay or disease, clean the teeth, and provide resources or guidance for at-home oral hygiene. Checkups also enable the dentist to provide prompt treatment if any issues arise.
Please contact us today to schedule your little one's dental checkup with Dr. Schafer at NOLA Dentures and General Dentistry.