Healthy teeth are integral to life, and preventing cavities is essential for lifelong dental health. The risk of cavities increases with age, and it is necessary to begin healthy habits at a young age to protect teeth from developing cavities.
Start A Good Oral Hygiene Routine
It is essential to start a good oral hygiene routine. This should include brushing teeth twice daily with toothpaste, flossing, and cleaning the tongue. At a minimum, it is recommended that children brush their teeth at least once a day, but the more they touch, the better their chances are of preventing cavities. Parents should also ensure that their children know how to brush their teeth properly and encourage them to brush at least twice a day for two minutes.
Reduce teeth exposure to sugars
Reducing teeth exposure to sugars is an essential component of good oral hygiene. Reducing sugar intake can protect your teeth from decay and cavities. Sugary snacks and drinks can cause bacteria in the mouth to form plaque, a sticky substance that adheres to teeth and ultimately causes tooth decay. The acidity produced by bacteria then breaks down the minerals found in teeth, resulting in weak enamel, porous holes, and increased sensitivity. Good oral hygiene also helps keep gums healthy – which can be further damaged when exposed to excess sugar – promoting overall dental health for individuals of all ages.
Ensure regular dental checkups
Ensuring regular dental checkups are paramount to overall oral health and well-being. During a checkup, pediatric dentists can identify early signs of cavities or gum disease, address any issues quickly and recommend preventive measures to minimize future problems. If untreated, holes can weaken teeth' structure and lead to more serious issues such as infection or tooth loss. Regular checkups enable dentists to carry out professional cleaning, remove plaque build-up and reduce the risk of decay or gum disease. Furthermore, your dentist can provide information and advice for optimum oral hygiene practices that may reduce the risk of developing conditions like periodontal (gum) disease.
Use of fluoridated supplements
The use of fluoridated supplements is important for preventing cavities. Fluoride helps to strengthen the enamel on teeth, making them more resistant to bacteria and acid attacks. Additionally, fluoride replenishes areas of weakened enamel that have been eaten away by acid. Regular use of fluoridated supplements, such as toothpaste or mouth rinse, can reduce the risk of developing cavities by up to 50 percent. Additionally, according to The American Dental Association (ADA), fluoride helps the early stages of tooth decay. Due to these beneficial effects, experts recommend regular use of fluoridated products from an early age to ensure a lifetime free from cavities and other dental problems.
A tooth sealant is a significant protective barrier against cavities, which form on the teeth when bacteria erode enamel. Sealants act as a shield that prevents bacteria from settling in the grooves and fissures of teeth and protecting them from decay. Sealant application can be beneficial for children, who have fewer natural defences against tooth decay than adults due to their still-developing teeth. Furthermore, research has shown evidence that those receiving sealants showed 23% fewer cavities after three years and 39% lower cavity rates after five years than those without sealants.
Regular visits to dental professionals help identify signs of potential decay or infection early on when treatment options are more successful, so it is essential to maintain regular checkups according to established guidelines to prevent further complications.
While not all cavities can be prevented, following these steps can help to reduce the chances of children developing cavities. For more information contact us today.