How Can You Prevent Early Tooth Decay for Your Child

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As you know, taking care of your oral health should be an important part of your daily routine. With children, maintaining oral health can oftentimes be difficult if you don’t monitor and manage their habits. In order to keep your children’s teeth healthy and prevent early tooth decay, our dentist in Mount Waverley have compiled a few tips and tricks that may be helpful in preventing cavities. 

Tips to Prevent Early Tooth Decay for Children

Avoid too many sugary foods 

Too many sugary foods can have a detrimental impact on your tooth enamel and cause cavities, so if you want to prevent early tooth decay for your child, it’s important to try and be mindful of what they are eating and limit their sugar intake. 

Offer healthy substitutes 

Adding a variety of healthy substitutes along with the occasional sugary treat can help your family limit their sugar intake and prevent tooth decay as a result. It may also be worthwhile to point out and encourage your kids to try out these healthy alternatives. Some suggestions for foods that are good for your teeth include: 

  • Cheese 
  • Fruits and vegetables 
  • Dark chocolate 

Try fluoride treatments 

Fluoride is a natural mineral that builds strong teeth and prevents cavities. We frequently recommend fluoride treatments to provide extra protection for your child’s teeth. This is applied in the form of a fluoride varnish which helps to enhance tooth enamel resistance to acids that can cause tooth decay.

Application is quick and non-invasive 

Visit your dentist for a check-up and clean

While maintaining your oral health at home is essential, a routine teeth cleaning can get rid of plaque and bacteria that your toothbrush can’t reach. In order to take care of their smile and prevent future complications and cavities, taking your child to the dentist every 6 months is essential. 

For more oral hygiene tips or to book an appointment with our pediatric dentists in Mount Waverley, call us on (03) 9886 5318 today.