Adults are not the only ones to develop tooth decay. Children, and even toddlers and babies, also are at risk of developing cavities. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help strengthen your children’s defenses and protect them from cavities. Let’s look at what Garland, TX, parents can do to safeguard little smiles.
Frequently Asked Questions About Kids and Tooth Decay
Question: Do sugary foods and drinks promote tooth decay?
Answer: Yes! Sugary snacks and drinks leave behind sugar particles, which bacteria break down. The process increases oral acidity and creates plaque buildup, weakening tooth enamel and increasing the risk of tooth decay. To protect smiles, we suggest drinking more water and fewer sodas, juices, and energy drinks. Healthy snack alternatives, such as fresh fruit and veggies, in lieu of candy and chips also helps safeguard smiles.
Question: Should my child be brushing and flossing?
Answer: Yes! Your children should be brushing their teeth twice a day for two minutes each session. Flossing before bed is also necessary. You may need to assist or monitor your younger children. You can also find fun apps or purchase a timer to help make the process fun.
Question: How often does a kid need a dental cleaning?
Answer: Just like adults, kids need a checkup and dental cleaning every six months following their first visit at around age one. These visits help us identify and treat cavities in the earliest stages, while also removing plaque that could lead to the onset of cavities.
Question: Do you have preventive treatment options?
Answer: We may discuss dental sealants and fluoride treatments to help prevent food from becoming stuck between teeth and to also strengthen outer tooth enamel. If you have any questions, or if you want to schedule a visit for your child, then contact our team today.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT CHILDREN’S DENTISTRY?
We want to make sure your little ones enjoy optimal oral health. For more information, schedule a consultation by calling Mai Dentistry in Garland, TX, today at 972-530-0552. For our patients who don’t speak English, our office is fluent in both Spanish and Vietnamese.