How to Prevent Tooth Decay in Children

Serving Greater Philadelphia, including Ardmore, Bryn Mawr, & Newtown Square.

It's important to teach your children good oral hygiene and eating habits early on. Childhood obesity and tooth decay go hand in hand. More than 40% of children under five will have tooth decay before they start school. Children with cavities and tooth decay are likely to have them in adulthood as well. Tooth decay is more common in children than asthma and allergies.

The last week of April is Every Kid Healthy Week. Our family dentist in Ardmore wants you to know some tips and tricks to keeping your child healthy and free of tooth decay.

1. Start Early

Dental hygiene begins the moment your child develops their first tooth. Keep an eye out for dark spots and start seeing Dr. Bellisario when they are two or three years old. Rinse and brush their teeth often. Brushing after breakfast and before bed are good dental habits for both you and your child to incorporate into your daily routine.

2. Switch Out That Bottle For A Cup

Don't let your child fall asleep with a bottle in their mouth. Sugar build up from milk, juice and other drinks can lead to tooth decay. Don't dip their pacifier in any sweets in order to calm them. This will only hurt their dental health and begin a lifelong sweet-tooth habit. When they turn one, get rid of the bottle, and teach them to use a cup.

3. Monitor Their Diet

Tooth decay and obesity are both rooted in your diet. Eating habits learned during childhood continue with you into adulthood. Choose fruit and veggies over candy or cookies during snack time. Don't be fooled by dried foods loaded with sugar, such as raisins and apricots. These sugar-laden snacks stick to your child's teeth and are difficult to get rid of when brushing.

If you or your child are in need of a dentist in Ardmore, please call Dr. Bellisario today at 610-642-7024 to schedule your appointment. Our office provides family and general dentistry in Ardmore, Havertown, Bryn Mawr and Newtown Square, Pennsylvania along with surrounding Pennsylvania areas.