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Many children are drawn to sweet foods. In a certain light, this is hard-wired into their mind as sugar translates into the easy calories our ancient ancestors craved.

However, all this added sugar in the mouth can promote plaque development and the increased presence of plaque acids. Over time this could increase your child’s chances of suffering from cavities.

Brushing their teeth each morning and night with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste that has been approved by the American Dental Association will help clear away bacterial deposits from their mouth while also helping to fortify their tooth enamel. Their daily routine should also include flossing at least once each day.

Making sure they attend a dental checkup every six months at Smile Wright Dental is also essential for maintaining your child’s healthy mouth.

If your child’s teeth show signs of demineralized tooth enamel, yet active tooth decay hasn’t developed, she might recommend prescription fluoride supplements. Ingestible fluoride supplements can be administered quickly to small children. Specially formulated fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash might be preferable for older children.

If you live in the area surrounding Springfield, Ohio, and you have a concern about the health of your child’s teeth, you should call 937-322-5437 to schedule a dental checkup with Dr. Amber N. Wright and her staff.