Tips for Helping Your Child Stay Cavity Free

No child likes cavities, and getting a cavity filled has never been on their “favorite memory” list. Even though cavities are quite common in childhood, they are almost totally preventable! Here at Hines Little Smiles, we strive to make each visit pleasant, but working to prevent childhood cavities is definitely the best course of action for your child’s teeth. Here are some tips to keep your visits to our office simply about a check-up:

Build Strong Bones

Adding more dairy to young children’s’ diets help their bones become strong as they develop. Dairy also helps protect the enamel of young teeth by neutralizing acids that can cause damage. Choose simple and healthy dairy products to add to your meals, like milk and greek yogurt.

Start Early

Even though your baby may not have teeth, you can aid the teeth that will erupt by cleaning excess food off of the gums with a soft damp cloth.

Set a Good Example

When your child sees you care for your teeth, they’ll want to do the same “grown-up” thing. Brush and floss together, make a game of it, and keep it in the routine, even on busy nights. Helping them understand that oral hygiene is paramount to good health will help them their whole life.

Sugars and Starches

We don’t often think of sugar and starch doing the same thing, but when it comes to getting caught in the crevices of teeth, they act the same. Both will aid in the growth of bacteria and the formation of cavities, so try to avoid sugary treats and drinks, as well as foods high in starch.

It’s never too early…

…to find the right dentist. Pediatric dentists are specially trained to care for kids’ teeth, and we love what we do. We know it’s important to establish a relationship of trust with each child so that they feel safe and cared for at our office. Our doctors are experienced in caring for teeth in babies to adolescents, and we hope you’ll come experience how much fun the dentist’s office can be.
Schedule an appointment today to let us help your children learn to care for their teeth. Regular 6-month check-ups are a great way to keep cavities at bay!

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