Tooth Decay in Children is Preventable!
Tooth decay continues to be the most chronic disease in children. A dental infection and pain can cause problems with your child’s daily activities, such as sleeping, eating and learning, which can lead to a not fun school year. Tooth decay and cavities need attention, don’t let this condition go untreated.
8 Tips to Start Your Child’s School Year Off Right and Prevent Tooth Decay:
1. See Your Dentist
Set up your child’s next dental check-up at Rancho Dental. A check-up will ensure a healthy start to the school year.
2. Establish Healthy Habits
Make sure your child is brushing their teeth 2 times a day
3. Don’t Eat After Brushing Teeth
This is very important before bedtime, salivary flow decreases while we sleep and teeth become more vulnerable to cavities.
4. Use Fluoride Toothpaste
Kids over the age of 3 can use fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride helps repair and replenish the enamel. If your child wont spit, or eats the toothpaste, only use a rice grain amount. Once your child can spit, only a pea size amount of toothpaste is needed.
5. Eat Nutritious Foods
Encourage healthy eating. Tooth friendly snacks include: fruit, string cheese, vegetables, unsweetened applesauce and nuts. Avoid snacks that stick to teeth surfaces and cause decay like candy, fruit roll ups, and granola bars.
6. Don’t Nibble Food or Sip Continuously
Allowing time between snacking and sipping allows saliva to neutralize acids and repair teeth.
7. Drink Water
Choose water for your child instead of drinks sweetened with sugar. If your child wants a sweeter drink, try adding fresh sliced fruit such as lemons or strawberries.
8. Ask About Sealants
Dental sealants can also protect your children’s teeth from cavities. Sealants, which are applied to the chewing surfaces of molars, act as a shield between the tooth and harmful bacteria.
Finally, make sure your child visits Rancho Dental every six months for a routine cleaning and check up! Call today 951-699-4746 to schedule their next dental check-up!