Tooth Decay Prevention and Treatment in Naples, FL
Tips for preventing Tooth Decay in Children
Outside of regular dental visits, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry urges parents to do the following to help their children prevent tooth decay:
- Brush your child’s gums twice a day with a soft cloth or baby toothbrush and water even before the first tooth appears.
- Talk to your pediatric dentist about your child’s fluoride needs. Infants require fluoride to help developing teeth grow strong, and children who primarily drink bottled water may not be getting the fluoride they need.
- If you must put your child to sleep with a bottle, use nothing but water – other beverages can damage teeth, leading to cavities.
- Never dip a pacifier into honey or anything sweet before giving it to a baby.
- The best times for your child to brush are after breakfast and before bed.
- Limit frequency of snacking, which can increase a child’s risk of developing cavities.
- Take good care of your own teeth. Studies show that babies and small children can “catch” cavity-causing bacteria from their parents.
- Inquire with your dentist about dental sealants to help protect your child’s teeth for up to ten years.
Regular Pediatric Dental Appointments
An important part of preventing tooth decay in children is to schedule regular dental cleanings for your child. Maintaining routine visits can not only prevent tooth decay in childhood, but can set the stage for good oral hygiene through adulthood. Dr. Sandor is a highly experienced dentist that specializes in pediatric dentistry. Call (239) 592-0800 to schedule an appointment today!