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How Can Parents Help Prevent Tooth Decay?

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As a parent, you want to help your children succeed. When it comes to dental-related matters, we think it’s a safe bet to say that you want to do everything you can to help your child avoid tooth decay. It’s a win for both your child and you when they can go to the dentist and hear that they have no cavities! Here are some tips to help parents minimize the risk of their children getting tooth decay.

Choose Healthy Snacks

If your child is given the chance to snack on candy, chips, juice, and soda all day, they’re probably going to take it. After all, it’s even hard for adults to resist those sugary and addictive snacks. Unfortunately, those tempting treats are also some main causes when it comes to cavity development. Instead, we recommend that you stock the kitchen with healthier choices for your child, like fruit, nuts, and string cheese. Also make sure your child is drinking plenty of water.

Be a Good Role Model

Kids soak up everything their parents are doing, whether the parents notice or not. Be a good role model for your child by showing them the value of a healthy, at-home dental routine. When you stick to brushing your teeth at least twice a day, your child will see that and understand its importance. Practicing what you preach will also make it easier to enforce their brushing routine, which decreases their chance of cavities.

Keep Up with Their Dental Visits

Just like you should be seeing the dentist at least twice a year for a regular cleaning and check-up, your child should be too. Get in the habit of keeping these appointments so your kid can get in the routine and grow up knowing the importance of routine dental care. Plus, getting a professional teeth cleaning helps minimize the risk of tooth decay from appearing, let alone becoming more serious.

Cavity Prevention in Southbridge, MA

Do you want some more tips when it comes to your child’s dental care? At Southbridge Dental Care, we have plenty! Feel free to email or call our practice with any of your questions, and our knowledgeable team will get you the answers you need. We’re also here whenever you’re ready to book your kid’s dental appointment. We hope to hear from you soon!

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