You want to keep your child’s smile strong and healthy, and so do we. At Dr. Trista's Children's Dentistry we believe that a successful oral health care regimen includes regular checkups at our pediatric dentist office combined with healthy habits at home.
Here, we provide some simple cavity-fighting tips that pay big dividends when it comes to your child’s long-term oral health.
- Limiting the amount of juices and sodas your child drinks. These drinks can be very acidic and contain high amounts of sugar, delivering a double dose of trouble to compromise young smiles.
- Letting your child fall asleep with a bottle of milk or juice will cause the sugars to linger on the teeth and set the stage for decay.
- Teaching your children to drink from a regular cup and not a sippy cup or a bottle when they reaches 12 - 15 months old is recommended.
- Please try and avoid sticky, sugary snack foods. Choosing cheese, fruits, and veggies (in a size and consistency appropriate for your child’s age) is a much better option. These foods help to increase the flow of saliva washing away food particles and bacteria.
- Encouraging regular meals and snack times is more beneficial than grazing.
- Consuming water instead of regularly consuming sports drinks.
- Setting a good example by demonstrating good oral hygiene habits shows just how important oral hygiene is to your children. Talk about the importance of caring for your teeth, and show kids the proper way to brush and floss.
- Help your child brush and floss until they’re old enough to do it themselves, usually around the age of 6 or 7. Even after children are brushing on their own, it is very important to check in occasionally to ensure the use of proper techniques.
- Bring your child to Dr. Trista's for a first dental visit around age 1. This initial visit can set the stage for a lifetime of happy, healthy smiles.
- Ask Dr. Trista about sealants or a fluoride treatment. The proven cavity fighters provide an economical way to safeguard your child’s smile.