Cavities are among the most common chronic childhood diseases in the U.S, and if left unaddressed, they could result in excruciating pain and infections that, in turn, might cause significant issues with eating, talking, learning, and socializing. The CDC also states that children with poor dental health typically miss school more and receive lower grades than those with excellent dental health.
Fortunately, both cavities and tooth decay are very preventable. Aside from regular visits to your dentist, Dr. Elleni Kapoor here at General Dentistry 4Kids in Virginia Beach, VA, you can likewise implement the following preventive care steps for your little ones:
- Wipe your baby’s gums at least twice daily with a clean, soft cloth before going to bed at night and in the morning to get rid of sugars and bacteria that have accumulated. Don’t forget to wipe the tongue and other surfaces in the mouth.
- Once your little one’s teeth come in, brush them twice daily using some water and a small and soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Ask your dentist about fluoride varnish when your baby’s first tooth comes in.
- Bring your child to our Virginia Beach office by their first birthday for an inspection.
For Toddlers and Young Children
- For children younger than two years old, check with your dentist first about using fluoride toothpaste. For children two years old and older, brush their teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice daily.
- Let your child drink tap water with fluoride.
- Ask your dentist when your child should receive dental sealants. Along with proper oral hygiene, sealants will help dramatically reduce the risk of cavities in children, and even adults.
- Continue monitoring your child’s oral hygiene habits until they are six years old or until you’re certain that they can brush properly without assistance.
A Vital Note on Cavity Risk Factors
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, your child may have an increased risk of developing cavities if they:
- Have family members who have cavities
- Have special healthcare requirements
- Consume sugary beverages and foods like candies or sodas
- Wear any oral or orthodontic appliances like braces
Speak to your dentist about any additional preventive dental measures if the above risk factors apply to your child.
For More Expert Advice on Caring for Your Children's Oral Health, Call Us
Dial (757) 965-3333 to speak with your dentist, Dr. Elleni Kapoor, here at General Dentistry 4Kids in Virginia Beach, VA.