How Can My Kids Stay Cavity-Free?

Parents often ask us, “How can my kids stay cavity-free?” Well, there are just a few simple steps to reducing the risk of tooth decay in children. These may not prevent all cavities, as some children are more susceptible to dental caries, but they can significantly improve oral health and strengthen their smiles’ defenses against harmful bacteria.

Helping Kids Stay Cavity-Free Quiz

  1. True or False: Kids should see a dentist once every six months.
  2. True or False: A child should drink more water.
  3. True or False: You should offer healthier snack alternatives.
  4. True or False: You need to be aware of the common warning signs of a cavity.

Answer Key

  1. True. After the baby teeth begin to arrive, children need to see the dentist about once every six months. A routine visit allows the doctor to make sure teeth are arriving properly and to watch for warning signs of possible problems, such as gingivitis, misalignment, or cavities. Children can also become accustomed to visiting the dentist, which helps reduce dental anxiety later in life.
  2. True. Sports drinks, energy drinks, soda, and even some fruit juices contain higher amounts of sugar and/or acidic content, which weakens tooth enamel and increases the likelihood of cavities occurring. However, water keeps children hydrated and contains no sugar, keeping teeth healthy.
  3. True. Instead of sugary snacks or drinks, try providing healthier options for children. Fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, sugar-free gum, and low-fat yogurt are all examples of snacks that don’t harm teeth the way chips or candy will.
  4. True. If you child begins complaining about tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, or a toothache that doesn’t subside, you should brushing them to the dentist. Discomfort is often the first warning sign of a cavity.