Developing Good Habits

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Family Brushing TeethTo Protect Children’s Teeth

Food & Drink

Eating and drinking habits are the biggest factors in preventing childhood cavities. But, just as important as what children eat, is when they eat it.

To encourage positive eating habits and prevent cavities, limit eating time to 4 or 5 periods during the day (rather than continuous snacking). By reducing the amount of time that food directly contacts teeth, you help reduce the formation of bacteria and plaque. Additionally, avoid meals and snacks that have a large amount of sugar. Even natural options like fruit and juice leave behind sugar residue that can easily damage baby teeth, so remember to brush properly after each meal!

Brushing & Flossing

Encourage good oral hygiene in your children by teaching them to brush and floss properly. It’s the second most important factor in preventing cavities for children, and the benefits will stay with them well into adulthood!

Children under 7 typically need help or supervision to ensure proper brushing takes place, and one of the best ways is to lead by example! Show them that even adults need to brush their teeth, and it’s a great opportunity to show them proper technique (flossing included). Explain why it’s important to clean ALL parts of the teeth, and use positive reinforcement to reward good behavior.

Check Your Fluoride

Fluoride is important for both children and adults. It encourages remineralization of tooth enamel (preventing caries), and helps strengthen the developing teeth of children, even before they emerge from the gums.

While many municipal water supplies include fluoride in ordinary tap water, you may not be receiving the full benefits if you use filtered or bottled water. Those without ready access to fluoride in their diet should consider topical fluoride treatment during dental checkups, or ask about fluoride supplements available in tablet or drop form.

Additionally, we always recommend using toothpaste with fluoride!

About the Author:

Born in Allentown Pennsylvania, into a family of musicians, Rob Pearce grew up studying violin, percussion, jazz arranging and composition. After two years at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he transfer to the pre-dental program at the University of Miami and later moved to San Francisco where he earned his Doctorate in Dentistry (DDS) from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry in 1990. For the past twenty eight years he has focused his efforts on mastering the art of high quality, long lasting “metal free dentistry,” a concept that was relatively new at the time but over the years has gained powerful momentum. In 2014 Dr. Pearce became a member of the “Visiting Faculty” of Spear Education, arguably the most prestigious dental continuing education program in the world. As a Spear Open Wide Foundation Ambassador, Dr. Pearce and his team travel to Guatemala to provide metal free dentistry to those who would otherwise receive no dental treatment at all. Dr. Pearce and Annette Rig were honored, and lucky enough to treat the very first patient at the Foundation’s first clinic in 2012. Since then, with the outpouring of support from our member dentists and American equipment manufacturers, we now have six clinics and have treated over 200,000 patients in need! The foundation’s goals include helping improve the education of Guatemala dentists. In 2015, as a member of the Education Development Committee, Dr. Pearce presented an all day lecture and workshop for the faculty and students at the Galvez School of Dentistry in Guatemala City.