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Nov 01 2017

Tis the Season to Take Control Over Cavities!

By: Heather Harris

Posted in: Young Toddler, Toddler, Preschool, Infant, General, B&E Centers




Tis the Season to Take Control Over Cavities!


Let’s face it, we all indulge in an occasional sweet treat during birthdays, holidays, events, celebrations and let’s not forget my favorite reason “Just Because”!  In moderation these indulgences may not affect us but it is very important to be aware of the effects they can have on our little one’s teeth especially now that we are coming into the season where there is a little influx of these delightful treats.  I personally found it very interesting that tooth decay is the most common chronic disease of young children and with that being said it is also the most preventable.  It is important to understand that healthy baby teeth play a significant role in your child’s development.  They not only help your child eat their food but they also assist in forming words, and hold space for their adult teeth that will be coming in.  Research shows that children with tooth pain due to cavities cannot learn as effectively, have a hard time paying attention, and miss more days of school than their peers. 


My advice to you is to start prevention right away and the younger the better when forming healthy lifestyle habits!  It is recommended that a child visits the dentist after they cut their first tooth and to continue their dental visits consistently every six months for the rest of their lives.  This is a commitment that certainly pays off because we all want to have healthy beautiful teeth and gums! 


Helpful tips to fight tooth decay:

  • Assist your child in toothbrushing twice a day for two minutes
  • Floss their teeth
  • Substitute juice and soda for water
  • Provide liquid medications when needed before toothbrushing
  • Have children swish water around their mouths after sweet treats when you are out on the go

If you would like more information on this topic you can go to the Cavity Free Kids website


Happy Brushing!!

Heather Harris

Bright & Early Blogger


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