Your children are probably still working on their Halloween candy. But when the treats are finally gone, it’s time to buckle down and get back on track with some healthy habits that will help reduce the number of cavities they get.
Following are some easy and effective things you can do to lessen the occurrence of cavities for you family:
Don’t give your baby juice or formula at night. The sugar in juice and formula causes bacteria in the mouth to produce the acids that cause “baby bottle” tooth decay. Give them fluoridated water instead.
The same diet that is good for your children’s overall health is great for their dental health as well. Serve them low-fat foods from the basic food groups including raw fruits and vegetables, nuts, whole-grain breads and low-fat dairy products.
Install a water filter on your kitchen faucet, or buy a filtered water pitcher. Fluoridated tap water is an excellent resource to help the battle between children and cavities.
If your child must have sweets, limit them to dessert or following a main meal. Snacks consumed frequently during the day or before bedtime are a major culprit of cavities in children.
Store toothbrushes separately from each other in a place where they can dry out between brushings. Cavities are contagious, so if you have them, you can pass them on to your child by sharing cups and utensils.
If you smoke, stop. The University of Rochester’s Strong Children’s Research Center has discovered a link between smoking, children and cavities. Results from a study show that children of parents who smoke are more likely to develop cavities.
Feel free to ask Dr. Feucht and the staff at our family friendly Plymouth dental office any questions you might have about cavity prevention for your family. If you feel you have a cavity and may be in need of a filling for you or your child, contact us today.