What parent wans to see his or her kids struggle with pesky dental discomfort, the kind so often associated with dental cavities? Sadly, studies indicate that approximately one third of the kids in America will be diagnosed with cavities, many in permanent teeth and often before the age of eleven. Fortunately, you can help to prevent cavities and other dental problems with great preventive care at-home, and by visiting the family dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. Best of all, these healthy steps can help keep all your family’s smiles healthy, including your own!

How Much Sugar Do They Eat?

Dental hygiene is key to great oral health. That said, another important part of cavity prevention is limiting how much sugar your family consumes. This is because the bacteria in the mouth feed on sugars, so the more sugar you eat – or drink – the more likely you are to struggle with decay, and therefore require restorative dentistry, like tooth fillings.

Obvious sweets should be reserved for occasional treats, instead of mainstays in your family’s diet. Unfortunately, many highly sugared foods aren’t so obvious to spot. This is why it’s important to read labels before purchasing snacks and other prepackaged foods. Look for those with little added sugar, whenever possible, and try to sneak more fresh fruits and veggies into your meals, since these offer nutrients that can actually help to protect your smiles!

Keep Your Smiles Clean

Daily hygiene is important to preventing cavities, also. Regular tooth brushing and flossing are important to limiting plaque buildup. That said, routine dental visits are also essential. Most people, including kids, should visit the dentist at least twice a year for checkups and cleanings.

Dental Care Is Key to Cavity-Prevention!

If you are serious about protecting your family’s smiles, regular checkups and cleanings are imperative. You can schedule your next preventive visit by calling Columbia Dental & Orthodontics in East Dallas, TX, today at (214) 827-8000.