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The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that worldwide, between 60% and 90% of school children have at least one cavity. It’s no surprise that parents everywhere are becoming more aware of proper pediatric dental hygiene. If you have a school-aged child, use these tips to help minimize their risk of developing cavities.

Start Early

The American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) estimates 78% of U.S. adults had at least one cavity by age 17. Possibly the most important thing you can do to prevent cavities is teaching young children good oral hygiene habits. Sticking to a good dental care regimen can make a positive, life-long difference in their health.

In addition to dental hygiene itself, choose a great general dentist when your child is young. Experts recommend children have their first dental visit around age one. This lets your child become familiar with their dentist and the routine of regular exams. This familiarity often helps children feel comfortable and stay relaxed during each and every visit.

Increase Dairy Intake

Most people know that dairy products are full of calcium, but don’t know they also support oral health and strong tooth enamel. Plus, many kids love dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt. Experts say milk, non-fat Greek yogurt, and cheese are the best products for children to eat regularly. Next time you’re at the supermarket, consider grabbing string cheese or Greek yogurt for an enamel-boosting after-school snack.

Keep Up With Routine Dental Visits

Do the best you can to ensure your child visits the dentist every six months for preventative care. Good dental hygiene habits at home make a big difference but aren’t a substitute for regular check-ups and cleanings. This gives your dentist the best chance to encourage great dental hygiene and detect any cavities early. Good, ongoing care can often prevent the need for more in-depth treatment later in life. Your dentist can help your child stay healthy and pain-free while helping you avoid unnecessary dental expenses!

About 32% of people say they’re “concerned by the look of their teeth.” Understanding how to truly take care of your child’s mouth and teach them how to do the same is the best way to set them up for a lifetime of dental care success. For more information about oral surgery and advanced dentistry services, like wisdom tooth removal, contact Waco Surgical Arts.


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