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How to Protect Your Child's Teeth from Cavities

A child is having a dental examination

How to Protect Your Child's Teeth from Cavities


When it comes to child dentistry, one of the most common concerns parents have is preventing their kids from having cavities. But oftentimes, this is easier said than done, as even kids who brush their teeth regularly can sometimes suffer from them. In this blog we are going to share valuable information on how to protect your kid’s teeth from cavities, ensuring optimal oral health from childhood to adulthood.

Educating Children – Explaining the Importance of Regular Brushing


One of the main problems parents have with their children’s oral health is that, in many cases, children just don’t like brushing their teeth. Yet, the journey to optimal oral health and a cavity-free childhood starts with understanding the importance of brushing regularly. Communication is crucial in this part of the process and threatening with the scary consequences of cavities hardly ever helps and can often make children afraid of going to the dentist. Instead of going into the technicalities of what cavities are, make it relatable to your child with simple explanations and tell them that they should be brushing their teeth at least twice a day. Be an example and brush your teeth with your kids, explaining that it helps keep their smile beautiful and healthy.


Explain to Them How to Brush Properly – Introduce Dental Floss


Sometimes the problem is not necessarily related to discipline, as even kids who brush regularly are not 100% free of cavities. Therefore, it is important to make sure that your child knows how to properly brush their teeth. Tell them that they need to make sure every single tooth is properly brushed. In many cases, having a small toothbrush can help the kid have access to every angle of every tooth.


Also, introducing dental floss is crucial for reducing the risks of cavities. Explain to your child that even the best and smallest toothbrushes can’t reach the gaps between their teeth, where bacteria love to grow when they are looking for small bits of food.


Try Dental Sealants


Another alternative to protect your child from cavities is dental sealants. This procedure consists of applying a thin plastic layer on the surface of the teeth that acts as a protective barrier and helps prevent bacteria from accumulating. This can be especially helpful for teeth that are more difficult to reach, such as those in the back of the mouth which are usually challenging for kids to brush. At Northland Village Dental Centre, we offer reliable and effective dental sealants for children. Our dentists will determine whether this is a suitable solution for your child’s oral health


Consider Regular Checkups


Ideally, children should visit their dentist at least once every 6 months. That way, dentists are able to not only clean your child’s teeth, but also evaluate your kid’s oral hygiene, and detect potential problems early. If you feel your children could benefit from regular checkups, our dental office provides reliable and effective teeth cleaning services that can prevent cavities and other major problems from happening. After all, regardless of age, regular visits to the dentist are essential for optimal oral health.


Dental Service for Children and Adults in NW Calgary


Are you looking for professional dental advice regarding your children’s oral health? Looking for dental services that can help you or your kids stay away from cavities and other issues? For over 20 years, Northland Village Dental Centre has been offering reliable and friendly patient-centric services from children to elders in NW Calgary. Let us be your family’s guide on the way to achieving a beautiful and healthy smile. Reach out to us.




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