Dental One Associates at Beltway
7650 Belair Road, Baltimore, MD 21236

Take Action to Prevent and Reverse Tooth Decay in Children

Cavity Prevention

If your child has cavities, you are not alone. Tooth decay leads to those pesky holes in teeth, and they are extremely common. Cavities don’t develop overnight. They are the result of a process that happens over time. The children tooth decay affects the most are those who don’t brush and floss regularly to counteract the frequent acid exposure. Fortunately, if you help your children care for their teeth and gums properly, you can prevent or even reverse this process. Use the following tips to help you keep your kids’ smiles bright and healthy.

First, let’s take a look at how cavities develop. The human mouth is full of various types of bacteria, and some of them are harmful. The tooth decay process begins when a sticky, bacteria-laden film called plaque forms on teeth after eating. Bacteria contained in plaque interact with sugars and starches to make acids; the acids eat away at the tooth enamel and eventually form a cavity. Minerals in saliva and fluoride from water and other sources work together to repair the damage, but tooth decay develops if oral hygiene is poor.

It helps to know how to fight tooth decay, so be armed with the following cavity prevention tips:

  • Be sure that your children brush twice a day and floss daily.
  • Supervise oral hygiene until a child is seven or eight years old.
  • Limit snacks to reduce acid exposure and don’t allow nighttime snacks after brushing.
  • Allow candy, cookies, and soda on special occasions.
  • Limit consumption of fruit juice.
  • Don’t use sippy cups.

Affordable dentists can help with cavity prevention by providing treatments such as dental sealants that cover the chewing surfaces to teeth to prevent bacteria and plaque from collecting in the natural grooves of molars. Professional fluoride treatments may also be useful, especially if your children do not get enough fluoride from water.

Routine visits to your dentist in Baltimore are the best way to ensure that tooth decay is addressed early. If you keep your children’s dental appointments now, there will be fewer in the future.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Baltimore, call Dental One Associates at Beltway today at (410) 775-5536 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Baltimore. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates at Beltway, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates at Beltway.

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  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Friday 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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