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Top 5 Tips for Preventing Childhood Cavities

Good dental habits start at an early age. By educating your children about how to take care of their teeth, as well as helping them carry out these routines, you are supporting their long-term oral health. Our goal at Cornerstone Dental is to help families understand the best ways to preserve their children’s healthy teeth and instill good habits for when their permanent teeth begin to show.

With cavities being one of the most prevalent chronic conditions that children suffer from around the U.S., there is a strong need to improve children’s oral habits. In addition to providing a variety of family dental care options, Dr. John D. Beckwith strives to educate children and adolescents on how to care for their teeth and avoid cavities. Some of his top tips can be found below.

1. Practice Good Oral Hygiene.

Brushing twice daily and flossing once daily goes a long way with maintaining healthy teeth and gums. This simple step can help your child keep a clean mouth and lower their risk of developing cavities.

2. Focus on Nutrition.

Avoid a diet high in sugars, carbs, and starches, as these have been proven to increase plaque and lead to tooth decay. Instead, reach for fruits, vegetables, dairy, grains, and lean proteins. Water consumption also helps flush away bacteria.

3. Visit the Dentist Twice Yearly.

Routine dental cleanings and exams are important for removing plaque and tartar, as well as catching decay or other issues as soon as possible.

4. Opt for Fluoride Treatments.

Fluoride is a proven cavity fighter. By having your child undergo a topical fluoride treatment during their routine dental cleanings, their teeth become stronger and are less susceptible to decay.

5. Consider Dental Sealants.

Sealants are a protective plastic coating that can be applied to the chewing surface of permanent molars. This thin layer helps prevent food from getting trapped in the natural grooves.

In addition, orthodontics are an important part of a child’s dental care. Having their orthodontic needs evaluated at an early age can address misalignment and bite issues as they are still developing, preventing the need for more in-depth correction later on. If you have any questions about best dental practices for children, or would like to schedule a routine exam with Dr. Beckwith, please contact us to find a time that works with your schedule.