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Helping Your Kids Prevent Plaque

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Are you shocked to learn that your kid has a cavity? Even though they brush and floss daily, it seems they have a fine layer of plaque that’s destroying their smile.

There are plenty of causes behind a cavity, including dry mouth, teeth grinding, bacteria, lack of proper nutrition, etc. Amongst these, the cause that takes the lead is bacteria. When plaque is left unchecked for too long, it produces acids and bacteria in the mouth that erode the enamel. When the acid penetrates this hard outer layer, it makes a small hole in the tooth, and that’s how a cavity is born.

So, do you stop your kid’s teeth from going down this dark and dirty hole?

Here are some tips:

Encourage Them to Drink More Water

Water keeps the mouth pH balanced and moist. It is superior to sugary drinks and even fresh fruit juices. Since these are acidic, they contribute to plaque and even cause halitosis.

Teach Them Good Oral Habits

Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste inhibits plaque from producing acid, which causes cavities. If your kid dislikes flossing, buy flavored floss to make their oral hygiene routine fun.

Avoid Giving Them Too Much of Non-Sticky and Non-Starchy Snacks

While sugar is the primary culprit behind the plaque, starchy snacks are also to blame. Those Goldfish crackers that your kids love so much must be limited to special occasions. Starchy and gummy foods stick to your teeth and feed that cavity-causing bacteria. So, make sure you are not taking them with you on long trips where your kid won’t be able to brush immediately.

Consult a Kids’ Dentist for Sealants

Molars have deep grooves, which are difficult to reach and brush. Consider placing sealants on them for extra protection until your kid’s enamel fully develops.

Schedule Regular Dental Check-Ups

Children’s dentists detect and address plaque buildup and other oral health issues early on. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends a first dental visit by age one.

Explain to your kids the importance of preventing plaque and the consequences of poor oral hygiene. Understanding the “why” behind you telling them to brush and floss daily can motivate them to take dental hygiene seriously.

Firestone Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics offers dentistry for children and babies. To make your kid’s smile bright, book a check-up today. To learn about available appointment dates, call 303.848.3633.

Posted on Dec 11, 2023
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