Dental One Associates of Oxon Hill
6196 Oxon Hill Road, Suite 650, Oxon Hill, MD 20745

Strategies for Preventing Cavities in Preschool Children

Cavity Prevention

Preventing cavities in children takes planning, diligence, and attention to detail, but it works. Tooth decay prevention relies heavily on oral hygiene and proper professional dental care. It also requires healthy eating plans and lots of early training to develop lifelong good habits. The most important part of any dental care regimen is brushing teeth in the morning and in the evening and if possible, after every meal. Flossing to remove plaque between teeth helps deter cavities that often begin in these areas. As soon as they are old enough to brush without swallowing toothpaste, preschool kids should be taught to brush using fluoride toothpaste.

Limit Sugar Consumption

It’s best to limit the amount of sugary snacks and beverages children consume throughout the day. Parents should not allow young children to fall asleep with a bottle at bedtime. Acids from juice or milk sitting inside the mouth eat away at tooth enamel and can damage both primary and adult teeth.

Consider Dental Sealants

Children who have teeth with deeply grooved molars that tend to trap food particles may benefit from tooth sealants. Sealants are clear or colored coatings applied to the grooved chewing surfaces of teeth to protect them from tooth decay caused by plaque. Because they cover the areas where most cavities begin, sealants are a powerful weapon against them.

Understand the Value of Fluoride

Fluoridated water works inside the body to strengthen and protect developing teeth, while the fluoride in dental care products works topically to strengthen teeth that have emerged. Both fluoride sources are important. If your water source does not have added fluoride, be sure that your dentist knows. Your child may need a fluoride supplement.

Preventing Cavities in Baby Teeth

Cavities in primary teeth should usually be filled. If tooth decay progresses and the affected tooth is lost, spacing problems may occur that could affect permanent teeth. Schedule dental check-ups twice a year when all baby teeth have appeared. If you see signs of tooth decay, or a baby tooth darkens, see your dentist in Oxon Hill immediately.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Oxon Hill, call Dental One Associates of Oxon Hill today at (240) 766-8568 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Oxon Hill. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Oxon Hill, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Oxon Hill.

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Patient Reviews
It was a clean environment the office personnel was kind and the staff was great
Candis D.
The Dentist was very good at explaining the procedures he was going to do and his assistant was kind, professional and knowledgeable. They each put me at ease during my visit.
Dale D.
Great staff and a clean office
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Great Customer Service.
Cassandra B.
Service is prompt. Friendly staff.
Arthur H.
My dental hygienist is superb and Dr. Gant is very professional and with wonderful manners. FRONT Desk very helpful with a smile
Theresit I.
I have been coming to this office for over 3 years. I got my braces done here. In addition, I got bridge work and two implants at this office. I love the office atmosphere! It’s a personable […]
Mark S.
Good service.
Ethel K.
The entire staff were very professional and I was seen almost immediately. The dental assistant was outstanding.
Ethel B.
Professionalism of the staff and doctor, timeliness of service being provided, and the cleanliness of the office.
Kimberly B.
We’ve been customers for 5 years. Excellent customer service and excellent dental care. Highly recommended.
Genesis W.
This an organization that operates with the highest degree of professionalism and humanity.
Richard B.
I went for a simple extraction and I was in the chair no longer than an hour. The staff is professional and knows their stuff. I’ll be going back for more dental work.
FlyBoy L.
Very professional. Stephanie was most helpful.
Zayd R.
I always get prompt and courteous service from the reception desk to the dental staff.
Cecelia E.
The experience I received of the knowledge the dentist have. Dr. Stephen Gaut has gaven me the information that I didn’t know about from my previous dentist.
Patricia L.
The customer service is extremely excellent
Elaine T.
The hygienist gave me the best cleaning I have ever had. She removed sightly plaque and brown spots from my teeth. The plaque had been there since my last cleaning 6 months prior from another dentist […]
Stephanie D.
The cleaning was not only great but the employee Wes so knowledgeable about what I should be doing and how to take better care of my teeth between appointments.
Lamar B.
This is one of the best Dental office in the area, the whole staff is on point and it’s a pleasure to always come here, keep up the great work..
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  • Monday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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