Tooth decay can be prevented if you take the right steps. Use these methods to save your little ones any pain and lost time from cavities.
1. Start early
Before their teeth come in, you can clean babies’ gums with a clean, damp facecloth or use a soft baby brush. This removes plaque buildup even before teeth emerge. Once the teeth do come in, brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush twice a day for two minutes.
2. Limit sugar intake
3. Introduce open cups early
4. Provide toddlers with healthy foods
5. Drink plenty of water
Drinking plenty of water is a potent way of keeping cavities at bay. Water helps wash away food residue, flushes bacteria, and prevents acid buildup. Encourage your kids to drink plenty of water.
6. Choose the right toothpaste
Fluoride has several benefits on oral health to protect your little ones against tooth decay. Fluoride toothpaste can help remineralize areas weakened by bacterial acids.
7. Supervise younger kids
Supervision during brushing ensures no food gets left behind that could start cavities. The kids may not be able to see as they brush. Another pair of eyes can spot anything they miss.
8. Set a good example
Let your kids see that you practice what you preach. Take care of your own oral health and let them see you do it. Your kids model their behavior after yours. Brush and floss regularly yourself to reinforce how important oral health is. Make brushing a family event to let the kids know everyone brushes before going to bed.
9. Make regular appointments a habit
Regular visits will help your child build a relationship with the dentist and make them more comfortable for future visits. A family dentist can monitor tooth development and prevent early signs of tooth decay from turning into cavities. At these visits, dentists can also give you patient education and strategies for better dental habits and cavity prevention.