I can’t figure this out. I have kids who are 7 and 4 years old. We started taking them to the pediatric dentist when they were two for their “Happy visit,” and have tried to be good about taking them for their check-up every six months, but still, every single time we go, it feels like they have cavities. Our 7-year-old has now had 9 cavities and our 4-year-old has already had 5. I swear we brush twice a day and I’m embarrassed to bring them in. Why are they still getting so many cavities?
Frustrated in Florence
It is frustrating when you feel like you are doing what you need to to keep your kids’ teeth healthy and they still struggle with tooth decay. Making sure they brush at least twice a day is a good start. Consider a couple of other ideas that may help.
Add flossing to your daily regiment. Flossing will help get the unseen particles from between their teeth. Help your kids get into the habit early.
Monitor your kids’ snacking routine. For many parents, sugar is on their radar to limit, but it’s not just simply sugar to be aware of. Carbohydrates, like those found in crackers, fruit snacks and juice boxes, but also in fruits and other healthy things, are quickly broken down into sugar by the enzymes in your saliva. There is sugar constantly in your kids’ mouths causing decay if they are constantly snacking.
Choose their food wisely. There are some foods that stick to the teeth worse than others, like caramels, raisins cookies, even some breads, and can perpetuate decay. Sodas, when allowed to be consumed all day, have the same effect. We’re not saying don’t enjoy any of these things, but be aware of the frequency and their potential affect.
Make sure your kids are getting fluoride. Getting enough fluoride helps protect teeth from decay. Depending on where you live, sometimes there is enough fluoride in the water. Check with your dentist to see if that is something you need to give to your kids.
This post is sponsored by Angel Dental Care in Garfield Heights, Ohio.