Good oral health begins with how well your child cares for their teeth and gums.
We’re all very focused on our health right now thanks to the pandemic, and while you are taking your vitamins and determining ways to boost your immune system, our Amherst, NH, pediatric dentists Dr. James McAveeney, Dr. Agata Bartels, and Dr. Andrew Cheifetz also want you to make sure that your child is practicing good oral hygiene right now to prevent cavities and other problems from occurring.
Here are the top three ways to prevent decay from happening to your child’s smile,
Make sure that your child is getting enough fluoride, as this can help strengthen tooth enamel and prevent the development of decay. Fluoride is most often found in drinking water, as well as certain foods. Our dentists may also administer fluoride treatment to your child whenever they come into our Amherst, NH, office for routine checkups. Making sure your child gets enough fluoride in their diet can reduce their risk for cavities.
You may be surprised to discover just how much sugar your child is consuming on a day-to-day basis. Even if they aren’t drinking sodas or consuming any of the things you associate with a lot of sugar, they could still be eating and drinking things that may seem healthy but actually aren’t. In fact, most packaged foods are laden with sodium and sugar, and most fruit juices are chock full of added sugar. Carefully read labels on all foods and drinks before purchasing.
Practice Good Oral Hygiene
It’s important to instill healthy dental practices in your child early on. This means brushing and flossing their teeth as soon as they erupt, and also making sure they visit their dentist for regular routine visits. You will need to brush your child’s teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss their teeth every day. Most children can start brushing their teeth on their own (with supervision) around 7-8 years old and start flossing around 10 years old.
While our office is temporarily closed until May 4th due to the coronavirus, we want you to practice good at-home hygiene to prevent tooth decay. Of course, our Amherst, NH, children’s dentists are here if your child does experience a dental emergency. Call Children's Dental Center of New Hampshire at (603) 673-1000 to schedule an emergency appointment or a Teledentistry appointment.