Preventing Cavities

Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II
Commack (631) 486-6364
Medford (631) 320-0880

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive from parents here at Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II is how can I prevent my child from getting cavities? We're here to provide you with a few tips on what you can do to keep your child's mouth cavity-free!

Regular dental visits. 
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should be visiting their pediatric dentist every six months starting at age one. The earlier your children understand the importance of oral health, the more likey they are to carry it with them throughout their life!

Bottle smart.
If you have an infant or todler that is going to sleep with a bottle, be sure that you arent filling it with anything other than water to avoid cavities. Also, be sure to wipe your infants gums with wet gauze or a clean washcloth after bottles and meals to keep their teeth and gums free of bacteria and plaque.

Brush regularly. 
Your children should be brushing their teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time with a toothpaste containing fluoride. Flossing should be done at least once a day as well.

Axe the sugar. 
Sugary snacks and drinks such as fruit juice or sport drinks can lead to cavities. If your child is thirsty or hungry, get them into the habit of drinking water and snacking on fruits, veggies, and low fat cheese or yogurt.

If you have any questions about preventing your children from getting cavities, contact Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County I & II. We'd be more than happy to speak with you! For more information, visit and be sure to connect with us on Facebook!

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