Top 5 Ways to Prevent Kids’ Cavities And How To Get Rid Of Cavities Before It’s Too Late
Parents want the best for their kids, and no parent is happy to hear that their child has cavities. How do we prevent cavities and how to get rid of cavities before they wreak havoc? Earn a clean bill of oral health for your child by following these 5 simple tips and good habits for kids teeth
1. Drink lots of water
Drinking water helps to clear the food from the mouth and teeth, so encourage your little ones to drink up! Additionally, the fluoride added to most municipal drinking water helps to make the teeth stronger and more resistant to cavities.
2. Eat a healthy balanced diet
The bacteria that cause cavities feed on carbohydrates. Carbohydrates make the bacteria release acid that causes the teeth to lose minerals and eventually a hole in the tooth develops. Avoid processed foods that are usually full of added sugar. Learn to read ingredient lists and sugar content; less than 5g of sugar per serving is ideal. Provide your little ones with real food and reserve drinks other than water for special occasions only. If the only option is water, kids will learn to like it.
3. Brush and floss – deep cleaning teeth
Brush twice a day. Before bed is the most important time and after breakfast to get (usually high sugar-content) breakfast foods off the teeth. Flossing should be done once a day once the teeth start to touch.
Your child’s dentist can identify and help reverse bad habits before it’s too late. Don’t delay their dental visits. Very early tooth decay, if found early, can be arrested. Irreversible decay, if detected early, should be treated to prevent damage to the permanent teeth.
5. No bottles in bed
You’d be surprised by how many baby teeth are not cleaned after drinking milk. Your child should have nothing other than water after brushing the teeth at night. One of the biggest causes of cavities in kids under 4 is taking a bottle with any liquid other than water to bed at night. The sugars in these drinks allow cavity-causing bacteria to dine all night at an All-You-Can-Eat Carb Buffet and will put your child at high risk for dental decay.
Let’s put an end to the most common disease of childhood by following these tips and investing in a lifetime of healthy smiles for our children.
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