All parents should be on guard against their children potentially developing cavities. According to the CDC, more than 42% of children aged 2 to 11 will develop a cavity at some point. Parents can look into orthodontics and take other specific actions to protect their children from those dental issues. Learn more about the preventative measures you can take in this article.
Consider Orthodontic Treatments
Misaligned teeth can contribute to the development of cavities. Your child may need help brushing correctly because some of their teeth are hard to reach. Teeth positioned in unusual spots are also likely to wear down faster.
If you’ve noticed that your child has misaligned teeth, you should take them to an orthodontist. The orthodontist can examine your child’s teeth carefully and devise a way to fix the misalignments. They may recommend orthodontic treatments such as braces or retainers. Lean heavily on orthodontics because it can provide the long-term cavity protection your child needs.
Teach Proper Brushing Techniques
Many dental issues children develop can be attributed to poor or lacking brushing. You cannot assume your child will learn to brush correctly by watching a few videos. Take the time to brush with your child early on so they can pick up the proper technique from you.
In case you need a refresher, remember to move the toothbrush gently in short strokes to get into the spaces between the teeth. You should also position your toothbrush at a 45° angle while brushing against your gumline to dislodge any bits of food that may be stuck there. Next, remind your child to brush the inner, outer, and chewing surfaces of their teeth for complete cleaning. Lastly, tell them to brush at least twice a day.
Limit Sugary Treats
Preventing cavities in children should also involve limiting their consumption of sugary treats. Specific foods you want to avoid include candies, pastries, and sweetened drinks. Avoiding those foods will be easier said than done because children tend to love them. Cutting them from your child’s diet may be impossible, but you can at least keep close tabs on their sugar intake.
Cavities and the complications they are known to cause can be difficult for any child to deal with. Protect your child from potential long-term dental problems by following the tips we detailed here. We can help if your child needs treatment from someone specializing in orthodontics. Reach out to Today’s Orthodontics and we’ll take care of your child’s orthodontic needs!