It’s never too early to establish good dental habits, and cavity prevention is one of the most essential. Your La Mirada pediatric dentist at Children’s Dental Group is ready to help you put your child on the path to a bright smile that lasts a lifetime. Just like in adults, cavities in children are the result of plaque building up and eroding tooth enamel. The two main causes are a diet of sugary foods and a bad dental hygiene. To reduce your child’s likelihood of developing cavities, out dentist recommends limiting the number of sweets they eat (don’t forget, sugary drinks count as sweets too! ) and making sure they brush and floss at least twice a day. Children under the age of seven may have trouble thoroughly cleaning all their teeth, so parental involvement is critical. You’ll also want to set up dental appointments for them at least twice a year. Your child’s first visit to Children’s Dental Group should occur around his or her first birthday. It’s also important to establish a schedule for dental appointments and then stick to it. Make sure you call our dental office to set up an appointment with our La Mirada pediatric dentist every six months.
In addition to brushing, flossing, and maintaining a healthy diet, the staff of Children’s Dental Group can help protect your child from cavities with fluoride treatments, which are essential to avoiding tooth decay. For older children, tooth sealants that seal grooved and pitted surfaces in teeth are available to prevent plaque buildup in hard to clean places. Feel free to contact our La Mirada pediatric dentist for more information about either procedure.
If your child does develop a cavity, it’s important to make sure it’s properly dealt with. Many people think that cavities in “baby teeth” are unimportant because the teeth will fall out eventually. This is untrue, especially in younger kids that will have those baby teeth for years. Left untreated, the bacteria in the cavity can spread and create other problems. Eventually the tooth may even have to be extracted.
Your child’s dental health is important, so bring them to your La Mirada pediatric dentist for regular exams. Call Children’s Dental Group for an appointment!