Preventing Tooth Decay
Tooth decay is preventable
Tooth decay is caused by sugars left in your child's mouth that are turned into an acid by bacteria in the mouth, which can break down your child's teeth. The cavity-causing bacteria are transferred from the mother, father or caregiver to the child by giving kisses, sharing utensils, etc.
Children are at high risk for tooth decay for a simple reason – many children and adolescents tend to be lax in their oral hygiene habits. Proper brushing and flossing routines combined with regular dental visits with Dr. Sanchez help keep tooth decay away. Your child should be brushing their teeth at least two times a day, with the second brushing right before bed and nothing to eat or drink following the bedtime brushing. Flossing is the only way to clean between teeth, so flossing is recommended at least one time a day. A low-sugar diet also helps keep tooth decay at bay. Being aware of sugar content in sticky snack foods such as fruit chews and raisins is also important.
Your child should visit Dr. Sanchez and her team every 6 months for regular dental cleanings, tooth exams, and growth and development exams. We recommend professional fluoride treatments twice a year along with cleanings to keep teeth their strongest.