Cavity-Proof Your Child’s Mouth with the “Three Things”

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The holiday season has come and gone. After the chocolate covered oreos and platefuls of almond roca, your child’s teeth are due for a cleaning! There’s nothing like starting the New Year off right. Just click to schedule an appointment through our brand-new website! Cool right?

There’s no time like the present to talk about your child’s teeth. Your child’s mouth is the portal through which many pies, cakes and cookies have passed in recent weeks, which ramps up the presence of cavity-causing bacteria. That’s why this month we’re going back to the basics.

We call this the “Three Things” talk. We consider it our priority to provide every parent and member of our community with simple tips to establish good home care habits for kids. Cavity prevention is important for good oral health in the future.

Cavity-proof your child’s mouth as best you can, in three simple steps:

1. Help your child with brushing and flossing. Assist your children with brushing and flossing rituals at least until the third grade. This is when children are developing their fine motor skills and are capable of adopting this responsibility on their own.

2. Ensure your child is getting enough fluoride. Fluoride works both topically and systemically to make tooth enamel stronger and more resistant to the acid attacks that cause cavities. Topical fluoride soaks into the very outer layer of the teeth (from toothpaste or mouthwash) while systemic fluoride works on developing teeth and is incorporated into the entire thickness of the tooth (from drinking water treated with fluoride). Systemic fluoride is most beneficial for developing teeth.

3. Ensure your child is brushing after frequent snacks or meals. Eating habits are crucial to reducing your child’s cavity risk. We are less concerned about what your child eats and more concerned with how often your child is eating. Snackers and grazers are at a greater risk of cavities than those who eat at designated feeding times. The more frequent the snack, the more acid attack the mouth experiences! Brush often to decrease the bacteria growth caused by the breakdown of sugars.

That’s all for now! Give these a try and follow our Facebook page for additional pediatric oral health tips. Gentle care for the littlest mouths is our business!

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