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Does your child develop a lot of cavities? Tooth decay is common in children as they grow and learn to care for their teeth. At Oakmont Family Dentists, we want your child to stay as healthy as possible, so we provided the following five tips to reduce your child’s risk of cavities.

1. Begin oral care early. Even before your baby has teeth, he or she is at risk of oral maladies. Within the first few days of birth, you should begin gently wiping your baby’s gums with a cotton pad or washcloth.

2. Encourage daily brushing and flossing. When the first tooth appears, it’s time to begin brushing and flossing. Selecting a toothbrush with soft bristles will make brushing more enjoyable for your child.

3. Healthy foods make a healthy smile. Healthy foods contain less sugar and acid than junk food, but certain foods actually boost dental health. Yogurt, cheese, apples, carrots, celery and almonds all keep teeth cleaner.

4. Beware of bottles. It’s important to limit the amount of sugary drinks in your child’s bottle. Instead, opt for water, milk or baby formula, especially if your baby goes to bed with a bottle. Sugary drinks (even the sugar in milk) can cause tooth rot.

5. Visit the dentist regularly. Dental checkups will help you catch any signs of tooth decay. Drs. Todd S. Resek and Howard C. Nader can tell you if your child is at risk of cavities or gum disease, as well as provide specified advice for your child’s individual needs.

For more information on your child’s oral health, contact Oakmont Family Dentists at 412-828-3311. Our team cares for children of all ages, and we’re happy to help!