Frequently Asked Questions
Should My Child Use a Fluoride Rinse?
Fluoride rinses are helpful in preventing cavities from forming between teeth. They are available in many different mild flavors. If your child cannot spit, avoid a fluoride rinse.
Is It Safe for My Child to Use Xylitol-Containing Gum
Chewing a xylitol-containing gum once or twice a day for fifteen minutes can be useful and can reduce cavities in children. Xylitol can be found in many common gum products, and is listed as an ingredient when present.
Is it Safe for My Child to Eat Sugar?
While it is okay for your child to eat some sugary treats, limit the amount they eat. It takes saliva 30 minutes to neutralize the acidity created by decay-producing bacteria. While this is okay some of the time, repeated eating of sugary snacks may increase the chances of tooth decay.
Is It Okay for My Child to Eat or Drink Before Bed?
When a child eats or drinks before bed, food or drink will linger in their mouth until morning! This can lead to increased likelihood of tooth decay. Try to limit any beverages before bed to water. If food must be eaten, make sure their teeth are brushed well before going to bed.