Children and tooth decay

Tooth Decay is preventable, even in your child’s mouth. Decay is caused by sugars left in you or your child’s mouth and can turn into an acid, which causes teeth to break down. Children don’t have good hygiene habits yet, which puts them at a high risk for tooth decay.

So, your children need your help preventing tooth decay. Here are a few tips on how:

  • Start as early as possible. After the age of two, help your child brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day. If possible, use dental floss to clean between the teeth before they go to bed.

  • Avoid eating after cleaning their teeth at bedtime. Salivary flow decreases while they sleep, which makes their teeth more vulnerable to cavities.

  • Minimize snacking or sipping of drinks between meals. Saliva needs time to neutralize acids and repair the teeth. Keep in mind a low-sugar diet reduces their risks of tooth decay.

  • Frequently drinking water also reduces the chances of new cavities from forming.

  • Dental sealants also help protect teeth from cavities. Sealants are applied to the chewing surfaces of molars to act as a shield between teeth and harmful bacteria.

And of course, make sure your child has regular visits with Dr. James Wells and the Wells Family Dentistry Team. Your children will need checkups and routine cleanings every six month. Give us a call at our Morehead City, NC office to schedule their appointment now!

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