How to Prevent Tooth Decay

We see tooth decay happen all too often and the dentists here at NC Pediatric Dentistry know all about it. In order to prevent tooth decay from happening to your child, there are a few tips that can help your child avoid this painful problem. You can use these tips to reduce the chances of cavities. Cavities and other oral problems that arise from tooth decay are usually reduced when having the proper oral hygiene care. Keep these tips in mind when your goal is preventing tooth decay in your child’s mouth.


Tips on How to Prevent Tooth Decay

How to Prevent Tooth DecayTooth decay happens because plaque, sits on the teeth for too long. Plaque is a combination of food debris and mostly bacteria.  The acid made by the bacteria then breaks through the enamel of the teeth. It can be prevented by reducing the amount of plaque that sits on the teeth. Regular brushing and flossing can reduce the bacteria on the teeth and reduce the chances of having cavities. Additionally, rinsing your mouth with water after meals or sugary drinks can help aid in better tooth health. Eating a wide variety of healthy, vitamin rich foods can help build strong teeth that are more resistant to decay.


Treatment for Tooth Decay

Proper treatment for tooth decay is required should it start to occur in your child’s mouth. In order to remove the hardened plaque and calculus from the mouth, regular dental cleanings are necessary. In addition to this, any cavities that are found will need to be addressed sooner, rather than later. These small issues can become large ones with time. This is why it is important to seek out the proper treatment when the issues are initially found. One of our pediatric dentists or general dentists limited to seeing children can provide these treatments for your child with the care and compassion you expect and your child deserves. A specialized treatment plan may be required for those children that have extensive decay in their mouths. We can talk to you about this when you and your child come in, should that need arise.

For treatment options or more tips on preventing tooth decay in your child’s mouth, call us here at NC Pediatric Dentistry. We love providing the education and proper dental care for the young ones in your life.