Most kids have sweet tooth. Since infancy, their taste buds have been accustomed to the sweet taste of milk. Eating too many sweets, however, can cause tooth decay. At Metro Dentalcare, we understand your wish to keep your child from developing tooth decay.
As much as you might want to indulge your child with sweets, you still want him or her to take care of his teeth. This is why Dr. Tuyet Nga Vuong, one of our specialists in children’s dentistry in Lake Phalen, MN, recommends the following four tips to prevent cavities in your children:
1. Start Early at Home
Your child usually learns by imitation, so you’ll want to show them how to brush their teeth properly. We recommend using fluoride toothpaste, as this helps protect the enamel of your child’s teeth. We also advise including flossing in your child’s dental routine as well.
2. Watch What Your Child Eats
Junk foods can contain a high amount of acid, which breaks down the protective enamel of your child’s teeth. Plaque-causing bacteria thrive on sugar, which is why we recommend cutting back on sugars as well.
As healthier alternatives, you may offer your child fresh fruits. They are sweet and rich in vitamins that improve your oral health. Make sure that your child brushes his or her teeth every after meal.
3. Regular Visits to the Dentist
We recommend bringing your child to the dentist for his first checkup before he or she turns a year old. This allows us to monitor the growth and development of your child’s teeth. During a dental visit, we perform oral examinations and dental cleaning on your child. Regular visits also permit continuity of care and lessening of anxiety in your child.
We also suggest regular dentist appointments every six months. As your child ages, we may also suggest fluoride treatment and teeth whitening in Lake Phalen, MN, and out local officces.
4. Consider Children’s Sealants
Aside from our fluoride treatment and teeth whitening, we also have children’s sealants available. These keep plaque and food particles out from your teeth. It is a clear or white material applied on the chewing surface of the back teeth.
Our accessibility and convenient location contribute to ensuring your child’s dental health. We have over 40 offices in the area, and we offer various, high-quality dental care services – from your child’s routine oral examinations to oral surgery in Lake Phalen, MN, and the nearby areas, we can assist your child.
To schedule an appointment for your child, you may call us at (612) 638-1234. You may also fill out our contact form.