All About Preventing Cavities in Your Child’s Young Smile

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Your child’s little smile seems so perfect, doesn’t it? It probably is—well, close to perfect. Little did you know, their little chompers are vulnerable to tooth decay. This is a common issue among many infants and toddlers. In fact, it’s so common that it is known as baby bottle tooth decay. However, your child doesn’t have to experience this issue if you’re careful. So, to help you take good care of your child’s smile, Dr. Robert Jackson and our dental team have some tips and information for you.

Clean and strengthen the chompers

Before their teeth even grow into place, wipe your child’s gums with a wet cloth after they eat. Once your child’s first tooth erupts, brush it twice a day with a child-sized toothbrush and water. When they turn 2 years old, you can use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. When two teeth grow in next to each other, begin flossing between those teeth at least once a day.  All in all, make sure your child receives enough fluoride so their teeth can remain healthy and strong. For fluoride tips, feel free to talk to your dentist.

Take advantage of dental treatments

It’s recommended to bring your child into Jackson Dental to visit Dr. Robert Jackson around their first birthday or six months after their first tooth grows into the smile. These appointments are beneficial for both you and your child. This is a great opportunity to ask questions as well as help your child feel comfortable in the dental chair.

Avoid sugar

As you may already know, sugar is the culprit of cavities. So, avoid putting sugary drinks in your child’s bottle, and refrain from dipping their binky in honey or sugar. Also, do not send your child to bed with a drink that is high in sugar.

If you use our tips, there is a good chance your child’s smile will remain free from baby bottle tooth decay in Carrollton, Texas. That way you won’t need to worry about their little chompers aching and throbbing with cavities. To learn more or to find answers to your questions, please feel free to call Jackson Dental at 972-492-1064 at your earliest convenience. Our dental team is more than happy to help you, and we look forward to your phone call!