The Dental Center of South Bend
1005 East LaSalle Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617

Tips for Avoiding Dental Cavities in Children

Cavity Prevention

Dental cavities in children lead to unhappy visits to the dentist’s office. Fortunately, you can prevent child tooth decay by starting good dental care habits early in life. The American Dental Association (ADA) offers great advice for preventing cavities in children of all ages. The following helpful tips can ensure that your kids have a healthy dental care routine that will brighten their smiles for a lifetime.

Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

  • Use a moistened gauze pad to clean your baby’s gums after feeding.
  • When teeth first appear, use a child’s soft toothbrush and plain water to clean them.
  • Supervise your children until they can brush without swallowing toothpaste.
  • Use only a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss daily when teeth grow close enough to touch each other.
  • Begin dental check-ups at one year of age.

Older Children and Adolescents

  • Brush your child’s teeth twice a day and help them floss until they are six or seven years old; at this age, begin to teach them to brush their own teeth. You may need to supervise them until they are about 10 years old.
  • Teach your older children about the dangers of poor food and beverage choices, oral piercings, and tobacco use.
  • Ask your dentist in South Bend about dental sealants, which are plastic coatings that are applied in areas where child tooth decay commonly starts.
  • Remind your kids and adolescents of the importance of good oral hygiene.
  • Purchase a mouth guard for kids involved in sports.
  • Make regular visits to your dentist in to make sure that your child’s oral hygiene routine is effective.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in South Bend, call The Dental Center of South Bend today at (574) 367-7000 or make an appointment.

The Dental Center offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in South Bend. With 4 affiliated practices throughout Indiana, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At The Dental Center of South Bend, 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 The Dental Center of South Bend.

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Marge was great. She tried several different X-rays to see what my issues were. Dr. Metzler is great. I don’t want to see anyone else.
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Having a filling replaced is a painful process (for me) and they took the time to mitigate the pain and tried to make me as comfortable as possible. I know this take extra time but I appreciate it.
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  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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