Dental One Associates of Annapolis
2623 Housley Road, Gateway Village, Annapolis, MD 21401

Children’s Cavities – Prevent Them, Reverse Them

Cavity Prevention

Everyone wants their kids to have healthy teeth, but tooth decay can rob them of their smiles. Cavities are frustratingly common in children, but with proper dental care, you can prevent or reverse the process that causes them. Holes in teeth do not develop overnight. It takes time for a cavity to form, so you have a chance to intervene with improved oral hygiene and a little help from your dentist.

The human mouth is full of various types of bacteria, and some of them are harmful. The tooth decay process begins when a sticky, bacteria-laden film called plaque forms on teeth after eating. Bacteria contained in plaque interact with sugars and starches to make acids; the acids eat away at the tooth enamel and eventually form a cavity. Minerals in saliva and fluoride from water and other sources work together to repair the damage, but tooth decay develops if oral hygiene is poor. The children tooth decay affects most are those who don’t brush and floss regularly to counteract the frequent acid exposure.

Before you wage war on cavities, it helps to know what causes them and be armed with the following cavity prevention tips.

7 Cavity Prevention Tips

1. Supervise oral hygiene until a child is seven or eight years old.

2. Ensure that children brush twice a day and floss daily.

3. Limit snacks to reduce acid exposure.

4. Don’t allow nighttime snacks after brushing.

5. Save candy, cookies, and soda for special occasions.

6. Limit fruit juice consumption.

7. Don’t use sippy cups.

Affordable dentists can help with cavity prevention by providing treatments such as dental sealants that cover the chewing surfaces to teeth to prevent bacteria and plaque from collecting in the natural grooves of molars. Professional fluoride treatments may also be useful, especially if your children do not get enough fluoride from water.

Regular dental visits are the best way to ensure that tooth decay is addressed early. If you keep your children’s dental appointments now, there will be fewer in the future.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Annapolis, call Dental One Associates of Annapolis today at (410) 793-4922 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Annapolis. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Annapolis, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates of Annapolis.

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Very professional
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Always have a positive visit
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Over the last 60 years or so that I’ve been going to the dentist, I’ve lived in 24 different places in the U.S. and overseas, and the level of care at Dental 1 is the best I’ve found.
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Dr. Sagafi is pleasant, professional, and very friendly with my four kids. She is calm and gentle, and every visit with her is easy and happy. She’s the best.
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Michelle is always friendly and on time. I feel comfortable with her and she has been cleaning my teeth for a while.
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The staff and Dr. B were absolutely outstanding! Everyone was very personable and attentive. Dr. B. was very knowledgeable regarding my tooth issue and she walked me through all my viable options. […]
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Dr. Khaleif and his assistant Pat explained everything thoroughly and put me at ease because I am not a good patient.
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I was experiencing an emergency and was able to schedule an appointment the same day.
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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 7:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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