How to Help Your Child Stay Cavity-Free

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As a parent, it’s natural to worry about your child’s health. At Douglas A. Deam, DMD, PA, we want cavities to be one less concern for you, so we provided tips to keep your child as cavity-free as possible.

Even before your baby has teeth, he or she is at risk of oral maladies. Within the first few days of birth, you should begin gently wiping your baby’s gums with a cotton pad or washcloth. The ADA also recommends taking your child to the dentist by his or her first birthday, even if the teething process hasn’t begun.

When the first tooth appears, it’s time to begin brushing and flossing. Children under the age of three don’t require more than a rice-sized smear of toothpaste on their toothbrushes. Selecting a toothbrush with soft bristles will make brushing more enjoyable for your child.

As your baby grows, he or she will begin drinking from a bottle. It’s important to limit the amount of sugary drinks he or she consumes. Instead, opt for water, milk or baby formula, especially if your baby goes to bed with a bottle. Sugary drinks (even the sugar in milk) can cause tooth rot.

Cavities can also be fought at meal and snack times. Healthy foods contain less sugar and acid than junk food, but certain foods actually boost dental health. Yogurt, cheese, apples, carrots, celery and almonds all keep teeth cleaner.

Regular dental checkups will help you catch any signs of tooth decay. Dr. Douglas A Deam can tell you if your child is at risk of cavities or gum disease, as well as provide specified advice for your child’s individual needs.

If you’re in Coral Gables, Florida and have questions about your child’s dental health, contact Douglas A. Deam, DMD, PA at 305-443-4713. We provide a variety of dental procedures for children of all ages.