Is Your Child Really Taking Care Of Their Teeth?
Do you have a young child in your life? If so, you know many of the struggles that parents face with their children in terms of their oral health. There is nothing quite like asking your child to brush their teeth over and over only to find out their teeth were never brushed. If you can relate to this scenario, you are not alone. We know parents are passionate about teaching proper oral hygiene not only to create lasting habits, but also to help avoid tooth decay. Tooth decay is one of the most chronic conditions in children. We want to share some tips on how to help your child or young loved one prevent tooth decay. Read on to learn more.
How to Prevent Tooth Decay in Children
While it is not always possible, there are certain precautions and steps you can take to help prevent your child from developing tooth decay:
Create an Oral Hygiene Routine
It is never too early to teach your child how to properly care for their teeth. When your child is young, it is often necessary to take over the brushing duties. Even as your child reaches adolescence, it is important to still monitor how well your child is cleaning their teeth.
Limit Sticky Sweets
We all know the importance of avoiding foods that are high in sugar. Even more, it is extremely important to limit the sticky, sugary sweets your child eats. It seems like there is an infinite amount of sticky, sweet foods for children. In fact, many of the vitamins available to children are in gummy form. Sticky foods can remain trapped in the grooves on the teeth, increasing the chance of developing decay.
Invest In Sealants
We may recommend dental sealants for your child as a way to help prevent decay. Sealants are a simple treatment that is brushed on the chewing surface of the rear molars.
If you, your child, or another family member is due for a hygiene examination, be sure to contact our office located in Silverdale, WA to schedule an appointment. During the examination, we can inspect to ensure tooth decay is not present or developing. We look forward to seeing you soon!