How To Prevent Tooth Decay This Summer

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Cavities are the very first sign of tooth decay. When tooth decay has a chance to progress, it can eventually lead to tooth loss. Children are particularly susceptible to cavities, but there are some quick and easy tips that you can follow to make sure that your children are sporting healthy, bright smiles all summer long!

  1. Visit the Dentist Regularly
  2. One of the most important ways that you can protect your children’s health is by scheduling regular dental appointments for them, starting from when their first teeth erupt! At Cibolo Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we specialize in kids dentistry to deliver quality, comfortable care for patients of all ages. At your child's regular dental appointments we can identify and prevent potential problems. Plus, we can recommend swift treatment if we do find any issues. Among our preventive services are fluoride treatments and sealants to prevent the spread of decay. We also offer sedation dentistry so that even those with dental anxiety can feel at ease in our care.

  3. Maintain a Consistent Oral Hygiene Routine
  4. Apart from visiting the dentist, it is important for young patients to brush and floss their teeth twice per day, just like you do. If your children have trouble keeping up with a consistent brushing routine, try to incentivize them with prizes for brushing every day for a month. You might offer a special outing or toy from their wish lists. Flossing is just as important as brushing. It helps keep your gums free from plaque and bacteria and staves off gum disease. If your child has difficulty managing the floss, ask us for a tutorial at your next visit.

  5. Use Fluoride Toothpaste
  6. Fluoride naturally prevents bacteria that cause decay to latch onto the teeth. Using a toothpaste with fluoride can give your children’s teeth additional protection. This is especially important since they might be getting used to proper brushing technique.

  7. Limit Sweets
  8. It’s hard to stay away from sweets, especially in the summer. Even though the occasional ice cream cone is fine, you shouldn’t encourage your kids to indulge in too many sweets. Sugar promotes plaque and acid on your teeth which leads to cavities. Instead, try to get your kids to enjoy healthy, balanced snacks, like fresh veggies and hummus, fresh fruits, and yogurt.

Quality Care in Cibolo, TX

We are so excited to serve your loved ones at Cibolo Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics! Summer is a perfect time to schedule dental appointments for your children, so don’t hesitate to contact us and visit our child-friendly dental office soon. It’s our mission to help inspire positive dental habits in our patients and make going to the dentist an occasion to look forward to!

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