Preventing Early Childhood Cavities: 5 Tips for Parents

  • Posted on: Mar 30 2013

As parents, one of our most important roles is ensuring the oral health of our children. Part of that involves preventing early childhood cavities. A situation that every parent needs to be aware of, many wonder what steps they can take to protect their children. To help you along the way, we wanted to share a few tips for new parents – steps that can help prepare your child for a lifetime of good oral health. Ready to find out more?

Here is our list of 5 Ways to Avoid Early Childhood Cavities:

  1. Teach good brushing habits. Before the age of two, most dentists will recommend that you simply wipe your child’s gums and teeth with a soft washcloth. Once most of a child’s baby teeth come in, however, it’s important to start teaching good brushing habits. When children are old enough to start brushing on their own, be sure to continue to supervise them. This ensures they are brushing properly and not swallowing any toothpaste.
  2. Never put a child to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. If you have to put your child to bed with a bottle, be sure it doesn’t contain anything but water. Putting them to bed with a bottle of milk or juice can contribute to “baby bottle cavities.”
  3. Only use clean pacifiers. Be sure you’re always giving your child a clean pacifier. Avoid dipping it in anything sweet  – like sugar or honey – and avoid cleaning off a pacifier with your own mouth.
  4. Understand the importance of baby teeth. Many parents assume that since baby teeth ultimately fall out, caring for them isn’t all that important. Reality couldn’t be further from the truth. Not only do baby teeth help guide permanent teeth, but infant tooth decay can lead to more serious health issues down the line.
  5. Schedule your child’s first dental appointment. Perhaps most importantly, be sure to schedule your child’s first dental appointment – generally between 2 and 3 years of age. This is a crucial opportunity to check for decay and assess your child’s fluoride needs.

Pediatric Dental Care in New York

To learn more about preventing early childhood cavities – or to schedule your child’s first appointment – we encourage you to contact us today. We have nine locations and twelve affiliate locations throughout the New York metropolitan area including the Bronx, South Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Midtown Manhattan, Yonkers, Farmingville, Hauppauge, Port Jefferson and Ronkonkoma. We look forward to meeting you soon.

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