Cavity prevention in children is a combined effort on the part of the pediatric dentist
and the parents. While good oral hygiene techniques and schedules can be illustrated by the dentist during the visits, it is up to the parents to make sure these practices are being followed at home. In the period before your child has the ability to brush his or her own teeth, your pediatric dentist
will provide you will techniques and instruments that will enable you to more effectively clean your baby’s teeth, preventing the decay that routinely comes with drinking liquids that have sugar in them. Many parents are also unaware that babies will often fall asleep with milk or liquid in their mouth, allowing it to sit for periods of time in contact with their teeth. This hastens the process of plaque buildup and decay, and can cause painful cavities that must be repaired in order for your baby to be able to chew effectively in the future. These cavities will also sometimes cause pain that may be misinterpreted as teething pain. The prevention of cavities through routine cleanings at home is the most effective method to keep these kinds of issues at a minimum.