Tips To Prevent Early Childhood Caries

The Canadian Dental Association (CDA) recommends that children who are one year of age see a dentist to assess and monitor oral conditions and health.

  • Fluoridated water is shown to strengthen teeth and reduce the risk of cavities.
  • Bacteria that cause cavities can be transferred from the parent to their child through the use of shared spoons, forks or foods. Keeping the oral health of both parent and child is vital.
  • Cleaning a soother by placing it int he parent’s mouth should be avoided because the soother can introduce bacteria into the child’s mouth.
  • Ensure that bottles are empty before the child goes to bed. If a child falls asleep while the bottle is in their mouth, wipe the contents out of their mouth as much as possible if it is anything except water. Going to bed with milk or juice in the bottle will damage the teeth and cause decay. If your child needs a bottle to sleep with, put water in the bottle.
  • Follow a diet that is limited in sugars. Frequently snacking or eating sugary foods throughout the day will increase the risk of dental decay.
  • Parents should help with cleaning their child’s teeth until they have the manual dexterity to do it properly by themselves. When a child can write their name properly, it is a fairly good indication that they should be able to properly brush and floss their teeth.
  • Keep an eye out for any brown spots, holes, or whitish areas on the teeth. If you notice these, see your dentist soon because they may be signs of active decay.

Preventing dental decay in children ensures proper development of teeth and a good start with oral health and development. If you think your child has cavities, contact us to schedule your visit now.