If you bring your child to Wonderland Pediatric Dentistry regularly and brush and floss their teeth diligently at home, you may wonder why they keep having a problem with cavities when it comes to their visits. Dental decay happens for a wide variety of reasons. Here are some of the ways that you can reduce the amount of decay your child experiences:
Provide a healthy diet. Having a healthy, well-balanced diet that limits sugary and sticky foods will help protect the enamel covering your child’s teeth. Bacteria cause decay and they use sugary and starchy foods as fuel to reproduce and cause more damage.
Avoid bottle use at bedtime. After you brush your child’s teeth before bed, they should only have water in their bottle or sippy cup. Not allowing milk or sugary drinks after bedtime (and during naps) will help protect your child’s teeth at any age. Some of the most damaging drinks are fruit juices and soda. For older kids, energy drinks may be the culprit.
Be sure to use fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride strengthens protective enamel and protects teeth from the softening effects of bacteria. While many toothpastes on the market claim to fight cavities, check out the label and make sure it contains fluoride.