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There are a variety of things that you can do in order to care for your child’s teeth and prevent many common dental problems, from visiting a qualified pediatric dentist at least once every 6 months to brushing twice a day. If you are looking for a pediatric dentist to establish a full plan for your child’s preventative care in Alpharetta, GA, the team from Children’s Dental Zone is only one call away.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), 6-month visits to the dentist typically start around your child’s first birthday. This will educate you and your child on great oral hygiene habits, as having a proper dental care routine helps remove bacteria and food particles left in the mouth that combine to create cavities.
For infants, use a soft, wet cloth to wipe the gums and only put them to bed with water in his or her bottle. As soon as teeth erupt and until the age of 2, use a soft bristle toothbrush with a small smear of toothpaste. Begin flossing when your child has any 2 adjacent teeth, as flossing removes plaque from in-between the teeth and under the gum line where a normal toothbrush cannot reach. For older children, brush the teeth at least twice daily and floss once daily until your child is old enough to do this on their own.
Diet is another important aspect of a healthy smile. Unfortunately, many snacks that children eat lead to forming cavities. The more frequent the snacking, the greater the chance of tooth decay. The length of time that the food remains in the mouth also plays a big role. Hard, sticky candy that remains in the mouth for a long time can break down the tooth enamel. Thus, it is critical to watch the number of sugary snacks that your child consumes and ensure that their diet consists of healthy foods such as vegetables, yogurt, cheese, etc.
A dental sealant is a protective coating applied onto the chewing surfaces of your child’s molars, i.e., back teeth, to prevent food and bacteria from becoming stuck within the tooth’s nooks and crannies. Made of the finest dental plastic, sealants help prevent tooth decay for children between the ages of 6 and 14 who tend to rebel against proper dental hygiene.
Xylitol is a natural sweetener commonly used in gum, mints, and other candy. It tastes like sugar but it does not stick to the teeth or cause a breakdown of the tooth enamel. Therefore, choosing xylitol-sweetened candies can reduce the acids in your child’s mouth by up to 90%, which helps prevent the development of plaque and reduce the risk of cavities.
To learn more about children’s preventative care in Alpharetta, GA, please contact Drs. King and Sengel at Children’s Dental Zone today!