Wonderland Pediatric Dentistry

How can I protect my child from cavities?

Cavities form due to bacteria in your child’s mouth. Bacteria collect in the grooves of teeth, behind teeth, or between teeth. The best way to prevent cavities is by removing the food source bacteria need to reproduce and cause damage to the protective enamel outer layer of the tooth.

The bacteria's food source is sugary food or starchy foods. They feast on food particles left behind after your child eats. By brushing and flossing thoroughly, you can remove their food source.

Brushing and flossing properly is essential. Using a fluoride toothpaste and proper brushing techniques will increase your success. Angle the brush at 45 degrees to clean the area near the gums using a constant motion. Be sure to brush the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth as well. Food particles easily collect there.

Floss each side of your child’s tooth using dental floss. They will need your help with both brushing and flossing until their dexterity allows them to do a thorough job on their own.

Regular dental cleanings are an essential part of good oral health. We also offer preventive fluoride treatments and dental sealants to add extra protection against decay.

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