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How to Prevent Your Child from Getting Cavities

Kid and mother brushing their teeth

Do you want your child to have good oral hygiene? Then you've come to the right place. Even though it’s common for children to get cavities, it is still a serious oral health issue. But luckily, cavities are easily preventable if you take the right steps. Hint: don't skip any of their dental visits! Keep reading to learn how to prevent your child from getting cavities.


Your child should brush their teeth twice a day, in the morning and before bed. If they're too young to brush their teeth on their own, you'll have to do it for them. Make sure to brush their teeth for at least 2 minutes, getting the gums, teeth, and tongue. And if they can brush their teeth on their own, the same rules apply! Once your child's teeth grow close together, they should also be flossing once a day.


Fluoride is great for children's oral health! This chemical is in most Canadian drinking water, but it's a good idea to use fluoride toothpaste as well. And if your child is ready for it, you may want to ask their dentist about fluoride varnish. Fluoride varnish is a liquid resin applied to the enamel of the teeth. It helps prevent a build-up of plaque and cavities in your child's mouth.


Sugary foods like soda, juice, and candy aren't good for a child's teeth or body. But do you know what is good? Crunchy fruits and vegetables! Not only are they great for overall health, but they also keep the teeth strong. Good examples of these foods are celery, carrots, cucumbers, and apples. Limited Snacking Constant snacking throughout the day can contribute to cavities in children. When your child snacks all day, especially on sugary foods, their teeth are constantly in an acidic environment. This wears down tooth enamel and causes tooth decay. But if your child does need a snack, it's not the end of the world. Just grab a celery stick!


Pediatric dentistry (dental care for children) is a big part of preventing cavities. Once your child turns one or gets their first tooth, you should start thinking about getting them a dentist. After that, you should aim for your child to see a dentist at least twice a year. Going to the dentist will teach them the importance of oral hygiene and make their teeth clean and plaque-free. And if their dentist spots signs of a developing cavity, it can be treated right away.


Cavities are preventable with early prevention. Make sure your child brushes their teeth daily, eats healthy foods, and sees their dentist. And if you do that, they'll have a bright, cavity-free smile. Schedule an appointment for regular dental cleanings with Sherwood Family Dental Clinic. 



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