How to prevent tooth decay in young children

02 Jul 2015
| Last update: 25 Aug 2017

Even as a parent, I assume you are also afraid of the dentist. But you know what they say, do one thing every day that scares you. Still, this time, it’s going to be about your child. We all want the best for our kids and we offer them as much as we can. Among those things we do for their well-being, you should also be concerned about their health, more specifically, oral health.

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Tooth decay is quite often a subject that is not taken too seriously. If you are reading this article, then you’re already on the right track. Dentists are not just for adults. Prevention is the key word in this case.

What is tooth decay?

First of all, keep in mind that teeth decay is preventable, and it is the first step towards cavities. Cavities are caused by bacteria that if not treated, can eventually , spread into to nerve of the teeth. Plaque is what develops into tooth decay. It is a disease that affects the teeth’s structure. This can cause pain and discomfort for your child.

Your child should have he’s first dental exam until the age of one. You may think it’s early, but it’s not. Better early, than too late, right? Until his teeth erupt, clean his mouth with a soft cloth. After his teeth erupt, brush his teeth twice a day with a soft brush, specially designed for children, with a “smear” amount of toothpaste that has fluorite in it.

After your child turns two, the amount of toothpaste should be about a pea-size. Also, you need to keep an eye on him while he brushes his teeth. Flossing should start as soon as any two teeth are touching. Do not let your child unsupervised while brushing his teeth until they turn the age of eight.

Though oral hygiene is important and it is the first step towards tooth decay prevention, foods and drinks that can potentially erode the enamel on the teeth should be avoided, if not, excluded.

The final step is to take your kid to the dentist. Only a dental cabinet can offer a deep clean and also an overview of how healthy your child’s teeth are. You should look at a dentist and think of him that he is as important as a family physician.

Brushing the teeth, flossing, avoiding carbonated drinks, and going to the dentist twice a year go hand in hand. Our dentists are true professionals, and we can promise you that your child will get the best treatment. Feel free to stop by and ask for more advice on how to provide your child the best oral care. We won’t give you candy if you come and visit us. Instead, we have sugar free chewing gum.

Your kid will thank you in the future for helping him have a sexy smile. Also, you can watch this video with your child that will help him understand in a much accessible language how the process of tooth decay starts.

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Ana Darstaru

Content Writer at Squirrly
Ana has a strong sense of pragmatism and realism. Aside from the articles she writes for our lovely clients, she also loves testing new beauty products, and is obsessed with Pulp Fiction.
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