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If you’ve ever had a toothache, you understand that it isn’t any fun. Unfortunately, some argue that tooth decay is becoming a bigger problem for the younger generation. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help your children protect their oral health and prevent tooth decay.

Arguable, the most important thing you can do is keep a good oral care schedule. Unfortunately, many children struggle to maintain a healthy oral routine. Please remember to remind your children to brush their teeth, especially when they start to age. You see, the number of young people suffering from tooth decay tends to rise dramatically after children are twelve.

Similarly, some children are more prone to cavities than others. Typically, if you are prone to cavities, your children will be as well. Similarly, because more and more children are introduced to sugar at an early age, those that are prone to cavities are even more susceptible.

Fortunately, understanding what causes gum disease and tooth decay will help you and your family have better oral hygiene care. Similarly, if you can avoid giving your child sugary foods and drink until they are toddlers, they’ll be less likely to develop cavities. Similarly, if you help your little one remember to brush well, and teach them to proper brushing technique, you’ll help them develop good habits that could last a lifetime.

You can also help you children by setting a good example. Let them see you brush your own teeth frequently. This includes visiting your dentist often—and remembering to bring your child to our dentist when they are young. Similarly, teach your child proper brushing and flossing techniques. We also recommend teaching your child about why brushing their teeth is so important. With simple training, you can help your child establish good habits that can last well into adulthood.

If you are worried about the health of your child’s teeth, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Kevin Caldwell as soon as possible. Our team will be happy to help however we can. If you would like to schedule an appointment, just call Kevin L. Caldwell, DDS, PC at 417.673.1988 to schedule an appointment with us. We are eager to receive your call.