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How to Prevent Tooth Decay for Your Children

November 22, 2021
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Posted By: Dr. Jordan Humbert
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Tooth decay is a common childhood dental problem, but excessive cavities can be an issue.

A cavity now and then is expected, but if your child has new areas of decay at every dental checkup, try following the advice below.

Make Sure Your Child Sees Their Fort Collins, CO Dentist Every Six Months

Dental checkups are essential for patients of all ages. And as your child ages, we’ll add professional teeth cleanings to their six-month dental visits.

Checkups help the dentist diagnose emerging problems, including tooth decay. And if your child is getting cavities in the exact location, it may be that they are not brushing correctly or thoroughly. Additionally, catching a cavity when it is still small is better for the tooth than filling a larger area of decay.

Teeth cleanings in Fort Collins, CO rid your child’s teeth of cavity-causing ingredients. These cleanings work in concert with at-home brushing and flossing for a healthier smile with fewer cavities.

Ensure Your Child’s Oral Hygiene Routine Is Thorough

At some point—usually around age seven—your child begins to brush their teeth without assistance. It may be important to observe their brushing habits to ensure they’re spending time on all teeth.

If your child is rushing through their oral hygiene routine, you may need to assist until they are truly ready to go it alone.

Limit Sugary and Acidic Foods and Drinks

Sugary and acidic foods and drinks are major culprits when it comes to recurring tooth decay. Try substituting fruit juice and soda with water. Swap out the snack cakes and candy with celery sticks and nuts.

Contact Our Children’s Dentist in Fort Collins, CO

If cavities persist, talk to our dentist about a dental sealant. This is a treatment that locks harmful debris away from your child’s teeth and lowers their cavity risks.

And if it’s time for your child’s dental checkup, give us a call today.

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