Keeping Cavities at Bay

Keeping Cavities at Bay
Posted on 02/24/2016
Keeping Cavities at Bay

kid 5 When you’re a kid, the main obstacle that stands between you and healthy teeth is the development of cavities. 

As a pediatric dentist, Dr. Tracy H. Takenaka wants every patient of Children’s Dentistry of DuPont to have a future filled with happy, healthy smiles. One of the best ways to ensure that is by understanding what causes the formation of cavities and what steps kids and parents can take to avoid them.

How Cavities Form

Cavities form when bacteria left in your mouth interacts with sugars and certain carbohydrates. If unattended, these will blend together and create acid production, which then results in demineralization of teeth. Demineralization causes your teeth’s enamel to lose the protective layer of calcium and phosphate that safeguards them. As consequence, cavities form in these weakened areas.

Never fear, though. There are three main ways you can help your child keep cavities at bay:

  • Limit Sweets
  • Practice Good Oral Hygiene
  • Regularly Visit Your Local Pediatric Dentist

kid 6Limit Sweets

Cookies, candies, and sodas may be tasty treats, but their sugary nature is a main instigator behind the formation of cavities. So, while it is all right to have a sweet every so often, pediatric dentists recommend that you not allow them to become a regular part of your child’s diet.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Our pediatric dentistry practice works to help both kids and parents understand the importance of developing good oral hygiene habits from early on. As a parent, we encourage you to further boost these habits at home, making sure your child brushes at least twice a day with the age-appropriate amount of fluoride toothpaste and a soft, child-sized brush.

Regularly Visit Your Local Pediatric Dentist

It is never too early to start bringing your child to a pediatric or family dentist. From early dental care to preventative treatments like fluoride treatments (which strengthen teeth) or the application of dental sealants (which protect grooves in teeth that are prone to getting bacteria stuck in them), your pediatric dentist will help safeguard your child’s smile. 

So, don’t wait. Schedule your visit with Dr. Takenaka at Children’s Dentistry of DuPont. Make an appointment today to set your child on an optimal path for avoiding the development of cavities in the future!