Adhering to these basic recommendations and forming good habits early on is the best means of avoiding cavities. Use the following tips to help ensure proper oral health throughout childhood and beyond.
Eat a Healthy and Well Balanced Diet
Eating nutritious and balanced meals while limiting unhealthy snacks, is one important key to both good overall health and good oral health. Sticky and sugary foods such as candy and soda leave sugars on the teeth which bacteria then metabolize. This process creates acidic conditions on the teeth, which overtime, will dissolve tooth structure and create cavities.
Brush and Floss Effectively and Regularly
It is important to brush twice a day. The recommended times to brush are after breakfast and after dinner. Flossing cleans between the teeth, in areas where a toothbrush cannot reach. You may view this video for technique pointers with brushing or flossing, as well as other useful tips.
Dental sealants help protect teeth particularly susceptible to getting cavities. Once placed, it is also critical to have dental sealants regularly checked by the dentist.
Many patients in our practice come from communities with optimally fluoridated water. To check whether your community is optimally fluoridated, you may use the reference provided here. If you live in an optimally fluoridated community and do not have a private well, simply drinking your local tap water will provide you with a strong degree of protection from cavities.
Nonetheless, you may improve your exposure to fluoride by using certain mouthwashes and getting regular dental cleanings. In the event your child requires an increase in fluoride, Dr. Mike will provide you and your child with instructions on what to do at your next appointment.
Regular Visits to the Dentist
Professional dental cleanings and oral exams should be scheduled at least every 6 months. In some cases requiring more attention or presenting with existing dental issues, more frequent appointments may be required.
Using Mouthwash (for children aged 8 and up)
For added protection against tooth decay, it is recommended to use fluoridated mouthwash after each brush.