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Keeping Your Kids' Smiles Bright: Cavity Prevention Tips from Burien Children's Dentistry

Posted on Jun 5 2023

 When it comes to maintaining the overall health of your child, oral hygiene is often an area that can be overlooked. However, the importance of keeping your kids' teeth clean and healthy cannot be overstated. At Burien Children's Dentistry, under the leadership of Dr. Scott Kennel and Sofia Kennel, our mission is to equip parents with the right knowledge and tools to prevent cavities and ensure a lifetime of healthy smiles for their kids.

Did you know that tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children? However, it's completely preventable with the right approach. Here, we'll provide essential cavity prevention tips to help your kids maintain a bright, healthy smile.

1. Start Early

Good oral hygiene starts even before the first tooth appears. Use a soft, clean cloth to gently clean your baby's gums. Once the first tooth comes in, you can start using a toothbrush with soft bristles and a smear of fluoride toothpaste.

2. Regular Check-ups

Schedule your child's first dental visit by their first birthday. Regular dental check-ups allow early detection of potential issues and provide an opportunity for Dr. Scott Kennel and Sofia Kennel to guide you and your child on proper oral care techniques.

3. Use Fluoride Toothpaste

Fluoride is a crucial mineral for preventing cavities. For children under three, use a smear of fluoride toothpaste (about the size of a grain of rice). For kids aged three to six, use a pea-sized amount.

4. Limit Sugary Foods and Drinks

Sugar is a major contributor to tooth decay. Try to limit your child's consumption of sweets, soda, and juice with high sugar content. Encourage them to drink water and eat healthy snacks such as fruits, vegetables, and cheese.

5. Teach Proper Brushing Techniques

Teach your child to brush their teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time. Show them how to brush all surfaces of their teeth and their tongue.

6. Encourage Regular Flossing

Introduce flossing as soon as two teeth touch each other. Flossing helps to remove food particles and plaque from between teeth and along the gum line.

7. Lead by Example

Children often imitate their parents. Show your kids that you take care of your teeth by brushing and flossing regularly, eating healthy snacks, and visiting the dentist regularly.

Remember, prevention is always better than cure. By following these cavity prevention tips, you're setting your child up for a lifetime of good oral health. At Burien Children's Dentistry, Dr. Scott Kennel, Sofia Kennel, and our fantastic team are always here to help, answer your questions, and provide the top-quality care your kids deserve. Because nothing is more rewarding than seeing our little patients grow up with beautiful, healthy smiles.

To learn more about our services or to schedule an appointment, don't hesitate to contact us. Remember, we're not just dentists—we're your partners in ensuring your child's oral health. We look forward to welcoming you and your children to our dental family at Burien Children's Dentistry!

Our Reviews

Araina, mother of a 5 year old

Took my daughter here for her very first appointment. She was a little nervous at first but the staff was so friendly! They took the time to explain to her each one of the tools they were using and she got to put a magnet on "no cavities" wall. She did great and I'm glad she'll be excited to go back in 6 months.

Bianca, mother of a 7 year old

Great experience. Able to get in on short notice. Front office, tech and doctor were all very patient with my 2 year old and very informative. Would absolutely recommend!

Sarah, mother of a 8 months old

When we walked in my son was so happy and excited! The entire place is like a forest with animals and trees! They waiting area had 4 TV's with video games for the older kids! And books and puzzles! Then for the younger kids they have a slide and padded floors! So cool!

Nancy, mother of a 11 year old

Amazing! So our kiddo had this fever and complaining of his teeth hurting. We noticed the swelling gum lines, bad breath, and his lack of food enthusiasm.

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