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Decreasing Your Child's Risk of Cavities

Posted on 4/30/2017 by OPDSF Office
A young boy suffering from a cavity!
Cavities are not just an adult problem. Children are actually more likely to develop cavities, both on their primary and their permanent teeth. Cavities form as a result of bacteria feasting on leftover food particles that hang around in the mouth, even after the meal or snack is over.

Teach Them to Brush Their Teeth

Oral hygiene is an important step to preventing cavities. Brushing removes food particles, plaque and bacteria from the exposed surfaces of teeth, while flossing gets the spaces between.

You can teach your children the importance of brushing as well as the proper technique. Most kids tend to resist brushing, but there are a few ways you can them to take up the toothbrush. Dental books give them fun stories that teach them the importance in a way that makes it easy for them to understand.

Healthy Eating Habits
Fruits, veggies, proteins and whole grains contain all of the necessary vitamins and minerals that your child's teeth need to grow strong and remain that way. You should limit snacking in between meals and limit the types of snacks your child eats. Sugary treats as well as starchy foods provide the food that bacteria most likes to eat.


Fluoride is an essential mineral for tooth health. It keeps the enamel strong and reduces the damage from acids produced by bacteria that cause cavities. Fluoride is lost every day, but it is also replaced, found in the water supply as well as in trace amounts in foods. A fluoride toothpaste can help, but you need to make sure your child doesn't swallow it. You can also ask your child's dentist about fluoride treatments.

Visit the Dentist

Speaking of the dentist, you should take your child for regular dental visits just as you would take yourself. A pediatric dentist specializes in the needs of a child and will examine their mouth for signs of cavities as well as give their teeth a good cleaning. A pediatric dentist can give your child, and you, advice on how to brush properly.

Children can get cavities. But as long as you take the necessary steps, educate your child and take them to the dentist, you can help to keep them at bay, keeping your child's mouth happy and healthy.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about your child's oral health.
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Pediatric Dentistry
823 Taraval Street
San Francisco, CA 94116

Ph (415) 661-8383
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