The trusted dental professionals at Fioritto Family Dental are committed to ensuring that your kids are comfortable and enjoy a positive experience every time they visit the dentist. We do this by partnering with parents to ensure cavity prevention in their children. Cavities can not only be painful, but they can impair your child’s ability to eat, speak, and interact normally.
The good news is, cavities are preventable with proper oral care. As a parent, you don’t always know when kids should start brushing, flossing, and having regular dental visits. Fioritto Family Dental is here to help with the support, information, advice, and dental care your children need to prevent cavities and ensure optimal oral health.
How to Prevent Cavities
– Start Early
Cavity prevention in children starts at birth. Even though babies don’t yet have teeth, parents can still attend to their oral health by wiping gums with a soft, clean, damp cloth to remove bacteria and sugars. This should be done twice daily – after the morning feeding and before bed.
– Your Child’s First Visit to Fioritto Family Dental
The first dental visit should occur no later than your child’s first birthday. Most babies begin teething at about the 6-month mark, and this is a good time to check in with the professionals at Fioritto Family Dental. There are two good reasons for an early dental visit.
First, you need to make sure there are no signs of early decay in your baby’s teeth, as this can lead to ongoing issues if not addressed. We’re happy to help you learn how to properly brush and care for baby teeth. Second, early exposure to our dental office and the friendly dental professionals on our team can help to familiarize your child with dentistry and make him/her more comfortable with the entire process.
– Brushing and Flossing
Believe it or not, brushing should begin at the first sign of teeth in your child’s mouth. With a soft, infant toothbrush and a tiny amount of ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice), you can start brushing your baby’s teeth. Flossing should begin when teeth start to touch. At about the age of two, you can start training toddlers to brush and spit on their own, although you’ll still need to help for a while and it is recommended that parents continue to watch children brush their teeth until the age of eight.
– Other Treatment
When learning how to prevent cavities, you’ll find that the dental professionals at Fioritto Family Dental can help you to make informed decisions. Options like fluoride treatments and dental sealants can help to prevent cavities from a young age, and we’re happy to help you choose the best treatment plan for every child in your family.
When your baby is ready for his/her first dental visit, contact our friendly and gentle dentists at Fioritto Family Dental at 440-951-5511 or online to schedule an appointment