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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The team is always helpful and friendly. I appreciate the excellent customer service from all the staff, from reception to my hygienist.
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I have been coming to Dental One for quite a few years now, and I continue to do so because I am very pleased with my dental care.
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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.
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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 […]
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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
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