4 Common Dental Healthcare Mistakes Parents Make

Cavities affect children more than any other demographic. This is because baby teeth are much softer and more vulnerable to the acids and bacteria that cause decay. In fact, up to 42% of kids have had cavities in the baby teeth at one point in their childhoods.

Unfortunately, some parents make mistakes that can contribute to cavities. We have no doubt that these parents mean well and have no idea that they could be doing any damage to their child’s teeth.

Below are 4 common ways that parents could be harming the dental health of their children:

  • Postponing Your Child’s First Dental Exam – The ADA has recommended that your child see their dentist for the first time by their first birthday or their first tooth, whichever one happens to come first. After this first appointment, kids should be seen every 6-12 months.
  • Neglecting Fluoride – Fluoride is the best way to prevent cavities in young children. There has been some controversy regarding fluoride in the past, but as long as you’re using the correct amount for your child, it is incredibly beneficial to their oral health. If your child is under 2, use an amount of fluoride toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. Once your child is over 2 years, you can increase this to a pea sized amount.
  • Putting Your Child To Bed With A Drink – Putting your baby to bed with milk, juice, formula, or any drink other than water causes what is known as “bottle rot” on your child’s teeth. This is the quickest way to cause decay and cavities in your child. The sugars in these drinks are allowed to sit on your baby’s teeth overnight, breaking down the enamel.
  • Letting Your Child Brush Unsupervised – Even once your child is able to brush his or her teeth alone, they should still be supervised until they’re around 7 or 8 years old. Before then, they won’t have the motor skills to get the job done properly.

If you have any concerns about your child’s oral health, or if it’s time for their first checkup, please contact Front Range Smiles! Our office is located in

If your child is past due for their first appointment or is in need of a checkup, please call Great Outdoor Pediatric Dentistry to make an appointment! Our dentist is located in Parker, Colorado!

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