Alligator Dental doctors often monitor, or ‘watch’, small cavities on baby teeth to see if they will develop into larger decay that needs treatment. How can parents help these areas of small decay from becoming a big cavity that needs a filling or crown

 

Below are 2 simple tips to keep those ‘small’ cavities small!

  1. Have your child use a fluoride mouthwash, like ACT Kids. If your child is too young to swish and spit on their own, you can dip a toothbrush in the mouth rinse and brush onto teeth, following normal brushing with fluoride toothpaste.
  2. Apply a very small amount of fluoride toothpaste (Crest or Colgate Kids are great options) onto a flosser and floss your child’s teeth every night. This is a great way to get fluoride directly between the teeth to help strengthen and demineralize these ‘small’ cavities so that they stay small and do not get bigger at your child’s next dental check up.

Dr. Sarah Severson