Cavities unfortunately are not hard to acquire.
Even though baby teeth are not permanent, it’s important that the proper care is given to them to ensure healthy permanent teeth come through and that the proper oral health routine is established for further good oral health.
Here are some important tips on avoiding cavities at a young age:
- Babies should have their gums rubbed with a clean, wet washcloth before the teeth emerge.
Even without teeth, we all have oral bacteria present in our mouths. To ensure healthy baby teeth erupt in a strong set of gums, it’s important that the gums are light rubbed daily with a wet washcloth. You wouldn’t want your baby’s teeth, important for eating and learning to speak, to come in rotted or unhealthy.
- Once the first tooth erupts, babies should have their tooth brushed.
Even baby teeth barely starting to come in require a tooth-brushing. Don’t neglect the oral health of your baby, and be sure to brush their tiny teeth to prevent early cavity formation. The earlier cavities form, the easier it is for future cavities and other oral-related issues to occur soon in life.
- Take your child to the dentist by age one or whenever the first tooth comes through (whichever comes first).
Going to the dentist for a biannual checkup and/or cleaning is vital for a health set of teeth. Give your child this benefit by taking them to their first dental appointment when their first tooth erupts or by the time they turn one.
This will ensure your child’s teeth are coming in as planned and that you’re doing all you need as a parent when it comes to providing proper oral health for your baby. The dentist will even be able to answer any questions you have regarding caring for your baby’s teeth and can help educate your child on why or how they should care for their teeth (once they are old enough).
- Teach your children about caring for their own teeth as soon as possible. Also teach them of the consequences of not brushing their teeth.
Your child will soon become independent and ready for care for their own teeth. As young as possible, teach your child how to brush their teeth.
Assistance and monitoring will be needed at first to ensure your child is able to properly care for their oral health without help. Educate your child of what could happen if they choose not to care for their teeth (such as the risk of cavities). This way, children will have an easier time understanding what makes brushing their teeth so important and why they sure continue to do it daily.
- Provide healthy, well-balanced meals for your children.
The start of healthy teeth begins with a healthy and nutritious meal with plenty of vitamins and minerals able to build strong, healthy teeth and tooth enamel. Without healthy teeth, cavities are much easier in developing.
In addition to this, limiting sugar and acidic foods and beverages helps keep oral bacteria count lower and the enamel layer of the teeth stronger. Ensure that they brush extra well after consuming sugar and that they don’t brush until at least a half hour after eating or drinking acidic substances.