It may sound surprising, but cavities are one of the most common dental problems among children and teenagers.
The tricky part is that good oral hygiene alone, while extremely important, is not enough to prevent your child from getting cavities. Other factors can influence their oral health too and you must be aware of them so that you learn how to manage them.
So, if your child keeps getting cavities despite brushing their teeth, keep reading to find out why.
Cavities are tiny holes in the surface of the tooth, which allow bacteria to enter deep into the inner layers and cause extensive damage. They can be caused by different factors, such as:
Prevention is key in reducing the risks of developing cavities. Some of the most effective preventive methods (in both children and adults) include:
Establishing a daily oral hygiene routine since the first tooth emerges is crucial for your little one's oral health. Make sure to brush your child's teeth two times a day with adequate fluoride toothpaste. Teach them how to correctly brush their teeth when they are old enough.
Dental checkups are an essential part of preventive dentistry. Regular dental visits can help you detect a cavity at the earliest stage and possibly reverse it. The dentist can also give you useful tips based on your child's unique oral health needs.
Make sure to give your child a balanced diet that includes fresh fruits and veggies, dairy, meat, healthy fats, and good carbs. Focus especially on fruits and vegetables as they can increase saliva flow.
Talk to the dentist about dental sealants if your child has a predisposition to cavities. Sealants are a coating applied on the surface of the tooth to protect it. You can use them, for example, to seal the grooves that tend to accumulate bacteria.
If your child’s teeth do not get enough fluoride, treatments that use fluoride can help strengthen the teeth.
Do you want to help your child have great oral health? The fantastic team at Maple Grove Pediatric Dentistry can help!
Contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Matt.