10 Steps to Protect Your Kid’s Teeth from Cavities

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Despite its strength, tooth enamel can be eroded, and leave young teeth susceptible to oral disease and cavities.

There are some simple steps you can take some simple steps to keep their tooth enamel healthy, and help protect their teeth for years to come.

Brush and Floss Regularly

Food debris left on your child’s teeth encourages bacteria growth. That’s why it’s important to brush twice per day, for two minutes at a time, and floss once per day to clean the hard-to-reach areas of their teeth.

Rinse after Meals

A great way to remove food debris from teeth is by rinsing immediately after meals.

Drink More Water

Water is not acidic, and does not harm tooth enamel. It also improves saliva production, which naturally cleans teeth of debris and restores the mouth back to a healthy pH balance.

Use mouth wash

There are several antimicrobial mouth washes that have been clinically proven to reduce plaque. Rinsing with one of these mouth rinses after brushing or eating can aid in cavity prevention.

Limit Citrus

Food and drinks high in citric acid erode tooth enamel. If you consume anything with high citric acid, rinse with water for 30 seconds afterwards to clean away some of the lingering acid.

Avoid Sugary Foods and Drinks 

Sugar feeds the bacteria on your teeth, causing plaque and ultimately cavities. Try to avoid sugary drinks like soda, fruit juice and sports drinks, all of which are notoriously high in sugar.

Regular dental visits

Visiting a pediatric dentist near you for regular check-ups and cleanings will help in preventing cavities and staying on top of good oral hygiene.

Have sealants placed

The sealant protects the tooth from getting a cavity by shielding against bacteria and plaque.

Change tooth brush regularly

Changing tooth brushes whenever worn out helps in better cleaning of teeth.

Eat Healthy Foods

The dentists at Town & Country dental recommend that eating nutritional snacks and limiting the amount of sugary drinks will help to prevent plaque from forming on your teeth.

If you child is complaining of tooth pain, schedule an appointment in either of our offices in Granville, Ohio or New Carlisle, Ohio.

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