Dr. Chris Forte, DDS
A Great Dentist

How can I help my child prevent cavities?

Dental decay is the number one disease in children and young adults. The tragedy of it is that decay is largely preventable. Preventing dental decay in your little one will require awareness, dedication, and consistency, but it is possible.

Diet plays a large role. Avoiding sugary snacks and sticky foods can help.

Until about the age of eight, your child will need your help with brushing and flossing their teeth. They simply lack the dexterity, skill, and attention required to do the job on their own. It is important to do this consistently, twice a day (at least) and will be your best and first line of defense against tooth decay.

Preventative appointments and professional cleanings are important, as well. No matter how good you are at brushing and flossing, it is impossible to remove all of the plaque and bacteria that collect on your teeth with brushing alone. We can also help with further instruction if we notice some areas that your brush misses regularly.

We offer other forms of preventative treatments, as well. Fluoride treatments can help to defend enamel against decay. Dental sealants protect the grooves of your child’s teeth from decay causing bacteria. If you have concerns about decay prevention for your child, please give us a call and we can talk about ways to protect your little one.