Cavity Prevention Starts at Home

Dentist checking the patient's teeth

Children learn most things at home. Parents teach them about conflict resolution, personal hygiene, and even sleeping properly. It’s also up to parents to introduce them to oral care and mention the importance of preventing cavities.

If you’re not sure how to discuss the subject in a way that your child can understand and take it seriously, these should help:

Information from dentists

Children may feel intimidated when they first go to a dental office, but once you have established the dentist as someone who is not there to hurt them, they will warm up to the idea. This is also one reason to take your child to a New Albany dentist as soon as the first tooth erupts. They will understand that the dentist is there to help keep their teeth healthy, so there will be no cavities to worry about.

Positive reinforcement

Teaching children valuable lessons may need the help of positive reinforcement. Oral hygiene is one of these lessons, but choose the kind of reinforcement carefully. You can’t reward them for brushing their teeth by giving them sweets to munch on. This will be counterproductive, and they will think caring for the teeth is not as important as you make it out to be. As alternatives, let them choose the movie for the family or give them 30 minutes more TV time.

Tasty alternatives

The main draw of sweets and other unhealthy food items is their taste. They make children crave them endlessly. Teach your children to appreciate healthier snacks that also taste well, such as fruits and vegetables. Start with small portions after each meal, and if you see them asking for a bigger serving, introduce a different fruit. This teaches them that there are plenty of options out there and that they don’t have to resort to candies all the time.

It’s one of your primary tasks as a parent to keep your children’s teeth healthy. Do this wisely, and you’ll also be establishing their oral care routine for life.