Are Childhood Cavities Inevitable?

Are Childhood Cavities Inevitable?

Parents who want their children to develop healthy habits know that they need to set the example. The “Do as I say, not as I do,” approach does not instill confidence in children.

If we want our child to exercise, we should get off the couch too. If we want our child to select an apple when he wants an afternoon snack, we better not be snacking on chips and cookies. If we routinely stay up until 1:00 a.m, our teen will probably not learn the importance of recharging their physical and mental batteries with restorative sleep.

What about healthy oral habits? Do our children see us brush carefully after meals? Do our children find water bottles in our car cup holders or empty sports drink cans? Do we schedule twice-yearly dental visits for ourselves and our kids? Do we wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports? Do we floss every night?

Did you know that tooth decay is the second most common childhood health problem  after the common cold? If you have a newborn or toddler, you have a phenomenal opportunity to establish daily habits for lifelong oral health.

If every pre-teen in your Phoenix neighborhood has at least a few fillings, it may seem that cavities are inevitable for Phoenix area kids. At Harris Dental, we don’t believe this common notion. There is much you can do to keep your young child’s baby teeth and adult teeth cavity-free.

In fact, there are vital things to do even before your baby’s first teeth erupt. Remember not to put your baby to bed with a bottle. Wipe milk or formula off their gums with a soft, damp cloth after feeding. Don’t let your infant drink juice all day. If you want your baby or toddler to drink between meals, water is just fine.

When should you bring in your toddler for their first dental check-up? The American Dental Association recommends that a child sees a dentist before their first tooth appears or no later than their first birthday.

If your children are older and have had a lot of cavities, don’t give up. It is never too late to improve daily habits to keep teeth healthy. Even if your upbringing didn’t include an emphasis on oral hygiene, you can set your own traditions starting today.

Harris Dental is devoted to oral health for the entire family. We advise parents about tooth development, thumb-sucking, water fluoridation, dental sealants, oral sports protection, orthodontia, and much more.

Our friendly dental team will make your child feel comfortable and relaxed. If you are looking for a child-friendly dentist in the Phoenix area, we invite you to schedule a pediatric dental appointment by calling 480-428-0040 .

CONTACT HARRIS DENTAL:

480-428-0040

LOCATION (TAP TO OPEN IN GOOGLE MAPS):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208 Phoenix, Arizona 85018

Recent Posts

We would love to hear from you!

Please feel free to call us at 480-428-0040 or email us using the contact form on this page!

TEXT OUR OFFICE


Text message is limited to 160 characters.
I consent to sending and receiving text messages and voice calls.
HOW IT WORKS
  1. Enter your name.
  2. Enter your Cell Phone Number, area code first.
  3. Enter your text message in the box.
  4. Click "Send Text"
  5. A copy of this text will be sent to the office and to your cell phone. The office's reply will also be sent to your cell phone where you can continue the text conversation.
Note: Mobile message and data rates from your cell phone carrier may apply.