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4 Sure-Fire Tips for a Cavity Free Year


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one out of every five children in the US has an untreated cavity.  More than 51 million school hours are lost every year because of dental problems.  However, nearly 100% of cavities are preventable.  Want a cavity free year? Following these four simple steps can keep you and your kids on the right path to a healthy mouth:

1. Set a timer (or play music) for two minutes of brushing, twice every day.

Brushing for two minutes, twice each day is basic to staying cavity free.  Brushing at the same time each day, as part of your regular routine can help develop a daily habit of oral care.  Consider brushing with your children so they can see an example of good oral hygiene and will be motivated to care for their own teeth.  Because brushing for a full two minutes can be a challenge for young children, the ADA has created fun videos that are exactly two minutes long.  You can find them on the2Min2X website.

2. Keep regular dental visits.

Start the year off right by setting up an appointment and taking care of issues you may have been avoiding.  Time or finances can result in missed checkups, but putting off needed exams or dental work often causes problems to become more costly, more time consuming and more painful. Your family should schedule an appointment once every six months for a regular cleaning and check-up.

3. Take advantage of fluoride.

Fluoride is a natural mineral that has been shown to dramatically reduce cavities.  You may not realize it, but most of the water coming from faucets in the U.S. is fluoridated.  Unfortunately, bottled water usually doesn’t contain fluoride, so kids and adults that exclusively drink bottled water may be missing valuable anti-cavity benefits.  Switch to tap water this year. You could save a plastic bottle from the trash and possibly your teeth from a cavity.

4. Teach your kids to floss.

Surprisingly, a survey from Delta Dental revealed that 43 percent of parents said their children’s teeth are never flossed.  Additionally, the ADA reports that one in ten US adults neglect flossing as well.  Why not start a new habit this year and begin flossing regularly?  If your child can tie his or her own shoes, there’s a good chance they may be ready to learn how to floss.  Flossing helps to reach the places that a toothbrush simply cannot go and it’s one of the best ways to prevent gum disease.

Cavities are preventable.  This could be a banner year for your teeth simply by following these simple steps.  Please leave a comment below if you have any questions or give us a call to set up an appointment today!

11 Responses to “4 Sure-Fire Tips for a Cavity Free Year”

  1. Ivy Baker

    This is some really good information about cavities and how to prevent getting them. I liked that you pointed out that you should go to the dentist on a regular basis. Now that I am in college it is getting more difficult for me to go to the dentist. But it does seem like a good thing for me to keep doing if I want to have good teeth.


  2. Penelope Smith

    My sister is worried about her son getting cavities. Mainly because our family has a history of getting cavities. I liked that you pointed out that it would be smart for her to really make sure that he knows how to floss proper and that he does it often.


  3. Martha Collier

    My son usually skips his brushing time. I was tired teaching him why brushing is important. And then one day he complained to me about tooth pain I took him to midtown dental in Toronto they treated him plus they also taught him why he needed to do brush his teeth regularly .I am happy that he took their advise seriously and is now punctual in his brushing routine .


  4. Natalie Drake

    I think having regular dentist visit is the most important of all. Brushing daily might come to second. I also have some dental implants for damage teeth. I think having dental implant provide confidence to smile again.


  5. Tim Yaotome

    I find it scary when you said that putting off needed dental exams will expose a person to more costly teeth problems, thus wasting more time and causing pain. In my opinion, one way to avoid this situation is to find a local orthodontist as early as possible. Doing this will help a family save time and money to get a dentist’s checkup. Also, this will increase their resistance to gum disease and cavities in the long run too.


  6. Tyler Johnson

    That’s good to know that fluoride can drastically reduce the chance of getting a cavity. I also didn’t know that you could have fluoride in tap water. I’ll have to start having my kids drink less bottled water so that they have to go to the dentist less.


  7. Sam Li

    I love what you said about fluoride and how it’s a mineral that has been proven to reduce the chance of getting cavities. When faced with dental complications, it’s vital to visit a reputable dentist in your area. My sister is moving soon, so I’ll urge her to do some research in order to find the best dentist in her new area.


  8. Angela Waterford

    My kids are at an age where they’re going to need to brush their teeth on their own. You’re right about saying that we should set up an appointment for them to go to so that they can meet a dentist that they can potentially trust. I think I’ll ask around to see which ones my neighbors go to so I can take them there next month.


  9. Lyla Peterson

    It’s good to know that you should have a dental checkup around every six months. I recently moved to a new area, so I need to find a dentist nearby. I will do this as soon as possible so I can get on a semi-annual schedule.


  10. Johnny McCarron

    I really like your tip to switch to tap water to gain the benefits of fluoride. I really do need to take better care of my teeth. Sadly, I think I might need to get one of my teeth extracted soon because I haven’t cared for it properly.


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