Preventing Tooth Decay & Cavities
Tooth decay is preventable. Tooth decay is caused by sugars left in your mouth that turn into an acid which can break down your teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay for a simple reason — many children and adolescents tend to be lax in their oral hygiene habits. Proper brushing and flossing routines combined with regular dental visits help keep tooth decay away. A low-sugar diet also helps keep tooth decay at bay.
Your child should visit the dentist every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups. We recommend fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep teeth their strongest. Tooth sealants are also recommended because they “seal” the deep grooves in your child’s teeth, preventing decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Sealants last for several years, but will be monitored at your regular checkups.
Early Childhood Dental Intervention and Why It’s Important
The American Dental Association recommends you make an appointment as soon as their first tooth comes through but no later than age 1.
Starting early is the best way to give kids a roadmap towards overall dental health. Early childhood dental intervention is crucial to recognizing potential problems and, more importantly, for teaching children how to care for their teeth and gums for a lifetime.