How to combat tooth decay in your child
1. Avoid frequent prolonged exposure to sugary drinks
This can be milk, juice, formula, etc. Anything they’re sipping on throughout the day can increase their chances of developing cavities.
If your child will be sipping on sugary drinks throughout the day, incorporate water to help balance the pH of their mouth and keep their mouth clean.
In addition to this, I recommend not putting your child to bed with a bottle to help decrease this exposure!
2. Great oral hygiene
Make sure you’re using the age-appropriate amount of fluoride toothpaste with your child and that you are helping them to develop a good routine.
3. Don’t share your saliva with your child
This may sound strange, but by sharing saliva with your child you could actually be increasing their chances of developing decayed teeth. Check out our full blog on this topic for more information!
DISCLAIMER: If you have any questions or concerns regarding the appropriate use of fluoride and your child, please consult with your dentist or physician.
Cavities in children are pretty common. However, there are lots of ways you can decrease the likelihood that your child develops cavities. I hope these tips help encourage you to build healthy dental hygiene habits for your child!
Thank you for your support,
Dr. Joseph Houlik