There’s more to keeping your child healthy than eating vegetables and getting exercise! Dr. David Moore wants to remind parents that oral hygiene is important, and to not forget about taking care of your kid’s dental health, too.

One of the most common illnesses among children is actually tooth decay. Due to a lack of upkeep and hygiene, children are faced with tooth decay. To help stop this from happening, Dr. Moore has tips on how to prevent your children from getting cavities!

Don’t Skip on Brushing

Your children should be brushing their teeth for two minutes, two times a day. For children seven years and younger, parents should supervise their brushing to ensure they’re thoroughly cleaning their teeth.

Floss Frequently

If your children don’t floss, they are only able to clean 30 percent of the tooth’s surface! Prevent cavities by incorporating flossing into your child’s nighttime routine. Flossing each night before bed will help keep cavities at bay.

Stop with Sugars

Everyone loves a sweet treat – but sugar wreaks havoc on teeth! Cut back on sugary sodas, juices, and snacks and introduce more healthy options like water, veggies, and cheeses.

Rinse Between Meals

Your child may not always have the ability to brush after each meal or snack time. Dr. David Moore suggests rinsing the mouth with fluoridated water after eating to wash away food residue that would otherwise settle into the nooks and crannies of your child’s teeth.

Demonstrate Good Habits

As a parent, you may not realize how often your children look to you as an example. To help prevent cavities in your children’s teeth, set a good example by regularly brushing, flossing, and rinsing your teeth, too.

Schedule Routine Dental Exams

Last but not least, one of the most important ways to keep your child’s mouth healthy and happy is by scheduling dental exams with your local pediatric dentist, Dr. David Moore. Regular dental exams ensure your children’s teeth get clean and checked thoroughly for any decay.