All parents dreams of perfect dental checkups for their children. Every time you send your child off to the dentist, you hope to hear that all-important phrase, “Look, Ma, no cavities!” Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world, and that means that your child may, at times, return from a visit to the dentist with news of one or more cavities. So what do you do when you hear those words… ‘I have a cavity’… for the first time? Is there anything you, as a parent, can do about this cavity, or anything you can do to prevent the next one? The good news about cavities is that they’re virtually always preventable. And, yes, there is a lot you, as a parent, can do to help your child’s next and subsequent dental checkups be cavity-free. Here are some tips from dentists about cavities, how to react to your child’s first cavity, and concrete steps that you, as a parent, can take to prevent further cavities.
Bacteria in the mouth can put your oral health at risk, but it can also lead to a variety of other medical conditions. Bacteria found in the mouth can even compromise the health of your heart if it enters the bloodstream. There are several ways to keep the mouth free of harmful bacteria and protect your overall health. Your dentist is going to make the following suggestions to keep your mouth and body safe from bacteria.