What Role Do Parents Have in Preventing Decay?

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Tooth decay is one of the most common oral health conditions that any patient could face. Children especially are vulnerable. That’s why prevention is essential to dentistry, no matter whether you’re talking about a general or family dentist or a pediatric dentist.

But it’s not just dentists who have a role to play in prevention. In many cases, responsibility also lies with parents. If you’re a parent, keeping these important tidbits in mind will help your child develop a healthy smile as well as habits that could last for a lifetime.

The first thing you can do is take your child to see a pediatric dentist as soon as her first tooth comes in. When care starts early, it’s easier for doctors to catch important issues that might need treatment. But even if there’s nothing that needs to be addressed, early visits help doctors become acquainted with a child’s smile. Return visits are also important as they help doctors spot small but important changes—changes that might indicate a need for special care.

In addition to monitoring your child’s health, our Kidtastic pediatric dentist will also recommend some specifics related to brushing, flossing, and other aspects of oral care. We would be happy to talk to you and your child about brushing during your little one’s next appointment, but it takes more than that to make brushing a habit. We’ll talk to you about how you can supervise and teach your child at home. When your child learns to make brushing and flossing a regular part of her life, she’ll carry that knowledge with her as she grows into an adolescent and then an adult. That will help her maintain healthy teeth throughout her life, supporting her overall well-being and preventing cavities.

Brushing and regular visits aren’t all that’s important, though. Nutrition also plays a role in the development of teeth and gum tissue. Parents should be mindful of what their children are eating. Preparing healthy and delicious meals will help your child understand the importance of eating right. If you have questions about what your child should be eating, we would be happy to discuss nutrition with you. Knowing what to serve can be difficult, especially when many foods appear to be more nutritional than they are. We can help you identify gray areas like these that are often the source of confusion for many parents.

Has your child reached her first birthday or developed her first tooth? Call Kidtastic today to reserve an appointment for her. Our team has years of experience and training, and we offer a comprehensive range of services. Given all that, we’re confident we can help your child meet her important dental care needs. We can also address any areas of concern you might have. The more you understand about your child’s health and the care we can provide, the more comfortable both you and your child will feel. With our offices in MesaGilbert and Queen Creek, we’re dedicated to creating strong smiles.