How To Help Your Children Have a Cavity-Free Childhood

Young man at schoolTooth decay and dental cavities are the most common childhood illnesses by a long shot. In addition to this sad fact, the CDC has found that around 20% of childhood dental cavities are left untreated. In all probability, this means that these children suffer painful toothaches that are never addressed. This is saddening, mostly because childhood dental problems are preventable.

Avoiding Childhood Dental Cavities

Below are a few ways to help your children avoid dental cavities in childhood:

  • First Appointment By One – According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, it’s important that your child has his or her first dental checkup either by the eruption of the first tooth or by the time their first birthday rolls around; whichever comes first. Don’t’ wait until the first sign of trouble to take your child to his or her pediatric dentist.
  • Ask About Dental Sealants – Dental sealants are a thin plastic coating, which is painted onto your child’s teeth as a liquid and then hardens to form a barrier between your child’s vulnerable tooth enamel and any bacteria in the mouth. Sealants are much less expensive than dental fillings.
  • Never Put Your Child To Bed With a Sugary Drink – Children who are put to bed with bottles of milk or juice are much more likely to experience tooth decay and dental cavities. This situation ensures that the sugary beverage is allowed to accumulate and eat away at your child’s enamel while he or she is sleeping.
  • Start Oral Hygiene Habits Early – Lastly, the best way to help your child have a cavity-free childhood is to teach him or her proper oral hygiene techniques early on. Teach your children how important it is to brush and floss and set a good example by allowing them to watch you brush and floss your own teeth.

Here at Lockett Orthodontics, we want your children to have happy and healthy childhoods! If you or your children are in need or orthodontics care - braces, make an appointment with our skilled orthodontist, Dr. Rhoda Lockett. Please contact our Colorado Springs, CO orthodontic office today.

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