Protecting Your Child’s Teeth from Cavities

Protecting Your Child’s Teeth from Cavities

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, so it is a great time of the year to focus on your child’s oral health. With Valentine’s Day this month and Easter fast approaching, are you prepared to protect your child’s smile from the sugar-laden sweets that lay ahead?

To keep cavities at bay from the sugary and chocolate treats that your child may receive during these holidays (and beyond), try to make these diet and hygiene adjustments to your child’s normal routine:

  • Provide a straw for beverages when possible, to help minimize acid contact with teeth.
  • Make sure brushing and flossing happen after every meal, especially after desserts!
  • Increase your child’s water intake to help rebalance oral PH and minimize bacteria growth.
  • Limit snacking on sweets to allow your child’s saliva to neutralize acid and work on restoring enamel.
  • Offer healthy fruits to help satisfy your child’s sweet tooth in between sugary treats.

If you think a cavity (or cavities) has appeared despite your best efforts to prevent it, please call us at 301-567-9844 to have it checked as soon as possible. Easter break is right around the corner and is a great time to schedule your child’s appointment. If you are a new patient to Comprehensive Dental Care of Oxon Hill, please check out our new patient specials for adults and children before making your dentist appointment.