Preventing Tooth Decay in Children

Tooth decay is avoidable. Tooth decay is due to sugars left in your mouth that turn into an acid which can break down your teeth. Children are at great risk for tooth decay for a simple reason, many kids and toddlers tend to be lacking in their oral hygiene habits. Proper brushing and flossing routines combined with regular dental visits help keep tooth decay away. A low-sugar diet also helps keep tooth decay in check. Your child should visit the dentist every six months for regular dental cleanings and checkups. We recommend fluoride treatments twice a year with cleanings to keep their teeth strongest. Tooth sealants are also suggested because they “seal” the deep grooves in your child’s teeth, preventing decay from forming in these hard-to-reach areas. Sealants last for several years, but will be monitored at your regular checkups.