Tooth decay prevention tips from trusted Las Vegas family dentistPosted By Dr. Christopher Lim
Balance the mouth
Many different types of bacteria live in your child’s mouth, and some are helpful. Others cause tooth decay. These bacteria love food that is high in sugar and starch. As they feast, they excrete an acidic toxin that eats through tooth enamel, leading to cavities.
So, a sterile mouth isn’t necessarily the healthiest mouth. Rather, it’s important to strive for bacterial balance. Help your child achieve that balance by starting these good dental healthcare habits early:
- Brush after eating to remove the sticky film of harmful bacterial plaque from teeth and soft tissues.
- Use fluoride toothpaste to fortify teeth against decay.
- A soft toothbrush gets between teeth and is kind to enamel and gums.
- Floss before bedtime to remove food debris and plaque between teeth.
- Eat a nutritious diet with fresh produce, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products.
- Limit between meal snacks; especially sweets, acidic beverages (including sports drinks), and fruit juices.
- Drink plenty of fresh, fluoridated water to keep saliva flowing. That helps to flush plaque and food particles from the mouth. Plus, saliva naturally replenishes minerals necessary for strong tooth enamel.
In addition to healthy home habits, Dr. Lim is your friend and partner in cavity prevention with:
- Bi-annual cleanings and examinations.
- Special techniques for early detection of cavities, while they are small and treatable with minimal discomfort and expense.
- Sealants to keep cavity-causing elements out of natural pits and grooves in chewing surfaces of molars.
- Fluoride treatments for extra protection against acid attack.