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Caring for Your Child's Teeth Between Dental Visits

June 5, 2021
Posted By: Dr. Joel Eley
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Regular dental visits—usually once or twice per year, depending on your child’s needs—are critical to keeping teeth healthy for life.

Regular check-ups allow your Melbourne, FL family dentist to spot potential problems early and treat conservatively—it’s always better to fill a small cavity than a larger one that may require a crown instead of a filling.

Professional teeth cleanings when your child reaches a certain age can also lower cavity risks. And our dental sealants and fluoride treatments can do the same, strengthening teeth in the process.

But let’s explore how you should best care for your child’s teeth between dental visits?

Tips for Keeping Your Child’s Teeth Healthy

A Regular At-Home Routine

For younger children, it’s crucial to brush their teeth at least twice daily and always before bed. If your child is older and brushing and flossing independently, it might be a good idea to supervise a few sessions to make sure they’re spending time on each tooth and not rushing through their oral care sessions.

Healthier Snacks and Beverages

Instead of candy or sugary treats, try substituting some snacks with healthier choices, including:

  • Carrot sticks
  • Strawberries
  • Celery

And sugary and acidic drinks like soda, fruit juice, and some sports drinks can increase cavity risks. When it comes to hydration, water is an excellent alternative and can be a great substitute.  

Protecting Your Child's Smile from Injury

If your child grinds and clenches their teeth, talk to your dentist about treatment, including nightguards. If your child is athletically inclined, you might also consider a mouthguard to protect their teeth and gums from sports-related injuries.

Contact Us for Children’s Dentistry in Melbourne, FL

If it’s time for your child’s checkup, or if you have questions for our team, we would love to hear from you today.

We provide children’s dentistry in all locations, including Melbourne, Suntree, Palm Shors, and Merrit Island.

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