5 Tips For Healthier Teeth

We believe that children’s dental health issues are preventable. Parents and kids can save a lot of time, money, and discomfort by being proactive and following these 5 tips to help your child’s teeth stay healthy and cavity-free!

1. Help your child brush 2 times per day

Let your child try to brush their own teeth, but the parent should then perform a more thorough brushing to help get the hard to reach places.

2. Help your child floss once a day

Your dentist can help explain the important places to floss to prevent cavities from forming in between your child’s teeth.

3. Prepare healthy snacks and drinks

Cheese, fresh apples, and whole wheat bread are great examples of healthy snacks. Beware of juices, fruit snacks, and even flavored water – these are filled with cavity-causing sugars!

4. Visit the dentist at age 1

The age one dental visit is a fairly new recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.  Your friends and even your pediatrician may not be aware of the age one dental visit. Starting dental visits at age one has proven to help prevent dental problems in young children.

5. Get regular check-ups every 6 months

Regular dental cleanings and exams help us identify and treat any minor issues before they become major problems. Even if your child’s teeth look fine or they aren’t complaining of any pain, we can spot any problem areas and give you a plan to address them.

Streptococcus Mutans

Streptococcus Mutans

Bonus! 6: Make sure YOU are up-to-date with your dental needs

Cavities are caused mainly by specific bacteria called Strep Mutans. Like any bacteria, Strep Mutans can spread from caregiver to child through sharing of cups, utensils, kisses, etc. If your teeth are healthy, this will help keep your child’s teeth cavity-free!

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Elizabeth Cook Miller, D.D.S., M.S. is a pediatric dentist at Atkins, Maestrello, Miller & Associates Pediatric Dentistry in Richmond, VA. She is a new mother, active runner and her favorite movie is "Finding Nemo".

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