Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II
Commack (631) 486-6364
Medford (631) 320-0880
Here at Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County, we can’t stress the importance of proper dental hygiene enough. However,even if your little ones are brushing twice daily and making flossing a habit, there is still a chance a cavity will pop up.
How can you prevent cavities in your children's teeth? Follow the tips below for some preventive maintenance:
- Removing plaque from your infant’s mouth can be difficult. We recommend using a wet gauze or clean washcloth to wipe the plaque from teeth and gums. If you put your child to bed with a bottle, water is the best option.
- Older children MUST brush their teeth at least twice daily and be considerate of the amount of snacks they consume that contain sugar.
- A sealant can be applied to the chewing surfaces of the teeth and the molars, where the majority of cavities form. Sealants, or shaded plastic materials, act as a barrier to food, plaque, and acid which will help prevent cavities from forming.
- Finally, make sure your children are using fluoride. Fluoride is often found in toothpaste, but it is vital to make sure the packaging states that the product contains fluoride. Fluoride helps strengthen the teeth which in turn, helps resist cavities.
Keep in mind that a good diet = healthy teeth. Eliminate sugary snacks and “junkfood” and instill proper dental hygiene practices in your children at an early age. All of these tips combined will help prevent cavities and maintain a healthy smile! For additional information give us a call at (631) 486-6364 for our Commack location or (631) 320-0880 for our Medford location.
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