Pediatric dentists will tell you that after proper home care and regular professional attention providing your child with good sources of calcium and fluoride is the best way to fight off cavities.

Public drinking water supplies are now commonly treated with fluoride but there are still some remote areas of the country that rely on underground well water which only contains trace amounts. It is also true that some children are genetically inclined to tooth decay. Extra strength in-office fluoride treatments can be successful in reducing the number of cavities these children may have to experience.

Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and promotes the development of healthy teeth and bones and may be a good daily supplement to your child’s diet. “Gummy” vitamins however, may not be the best way to go. The marketing for these vitamins is aimed at promoting them more as candy than as something healthy so that kids will want to take them. The problem is that in order to do this manufacturing has had to add a lot of sugar to make the product taste as good as advertising says it will. The result is a sticky sweet substance that gets stuck between the teeth and is hard to flush out with a toothbrush.

“Sippy cups” are great for use on the go and to prevent spills but the original purpose of the sippy was to wean children from the bottle and make it easier to changeover to drinking from a glass. Pediatric dentists recommend that parents fill sippy cups with plain water and to make the transition asap.

Ask Dr. Kaelin of Kaelin Pediatric Dentistry for more information on other ways to prevent your child from having more cavities. Call today @ 303-805-8266.