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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.

As you probably know, one of the most important things you can do to help your children keep their teeth healthy and strong, is teaching them to brush and floss regularly. Often, following a schedule will probably help, but please help your children remember to brush. Doing so will help your child avoid decay. It is important to help your child learn to brush while they are young because children tend to get more cavities after they turn 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.

Still, understanding the causes of gum disease does little to help you overcome these issues. To protect your child’s teeth, we recommend limiting their sugar intake. Please remember to consider the types of drink they specifically enjoy and be careful of beverages that are high in sugar.

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. Ronald Fuhrmann as soon as possible. Our team will be happy to help however we can. If you would like to schedule an appointment, just call Ronald C. Fuhrmann, DDS, A division of Atlantic Dental Care at 757-716-7943 to schedule an appointment with us. We are eager to receive your call.