Preventive dental care is important throughout life, especially at a young age. By practicing good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular checkups with the dentist, your child can help keep their smile bright and healthy for many years to come. Here are a few simple ways to prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities:
- Make sure your child brushes their teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Use fluoride toothpaste to remove food particles and plaque from the tooth surfaces. Also be sure they brush the top surface of the tongue; this will remove any extra plaque-causing food particles and help keep breath fresh!
- Make sure your child cleans between their teeth by flossing at least once a day. Floss will help remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line. You can also use a mouthwash to help kill bacteria and freshen their breath. Decay-causing bacteria can linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can't reach.
- Make sure your child eats a balanced diet, and try to avoid extra-sugary treats. Nutritious foods such as vegetables, yogurt, or fruit can help keep your child's smile healthy.
- Remember to schedule regular checkups with us here at Fairfield Pediatric Dentistry every six months.
- Ask your dentist about dental sealants, a protective plastic coating that can be applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay often starts. Sealants are regularly placed on permanent molars when Dr. Skelton and Dr. Kennedy deem necessary.
- If your child plays sports, be sure to ask our team at Chew Chew Junction about special mouthguards designed to protect your child’s smile.