Children can often develop cavities as a result of poor dental habits or consuming products containing too much sugar. Parents often ask: How do I help my kids avoid cavities? With the right preventive steps we can help strengthen your child’s teeth against tooth decay.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cavity Prevention in Children

Question: Do children need checkups?

Answer: Yes. Like adults, children benefit from regular dental exams. During a visit, the doctor will look for any possible warning signs of serious oral health issues, including tooth decay and gingivitis. Routine visits also allow a child to become accustomed to the sights and sounds of the office, often reducing dental anxiety.

Question: What are dental sealants?

Answer: When a child brushes, he/she may have trouble reaching the teeth in the back of the mouth. Food become strapped and broken down by bacteria, elevating cavity risk. However, with dental sealants we place a plastic coating on the back teeth to keep food from becoming stuck between them. They never have to be removed, instead the sealants will safely wear away with time.

Question: Do my kids need fluoride treatments?

Answer: Fluoride treatments involve applying a special varnish to the teeth. Fluoride strengthens the tooth enamel’s natural defenses against decay. Stronger teeth means a reduce cavity risk.

Question: How often should my little one see the dentist?

Answer: We recommend children over the age of three see a dentist at least once every six months. However, if your child complains about tooth sensitivity or headaches, please see us right away. The first visit should always occur within six months of the first baby tooth’s arrival. If you have any questions or concerns then please contact our friendly and knowledgeable office staff today. We can see your child for a pleasant dental visit.


With offices throughout Riverside Country, including Corona, Temecula, and Moreno Valley, Riverside Dental Group is happy to provide advanced general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services to patients of all ages. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation, call our office today at (951) 689-5031.