On Thursday, will you and your family be joining others to celebrate Thanksgiving? If so, we hope you have a great time and enjoy lots of fun conversation and food. However, the sugary desserts and starchy foods can pose a serious risk of decay to you and especially to your children. How do you protect little smiles during Thanksgiving?

Common Questions About Protecting Little Smiles

Question: How often should kids brush and floss?

Answer: They should brush and floss just as often as you. We recommend brushing teeth in the morning and again before going to bed. Children should also floss each night before bed. Brushing and flossing helps remove food particles can reduce the severity of plaque buildup, protecting little smiles from cavities and gingivitis.

Question: What foods and drinks can pose a danger to their smiles?

Answer: We suggest avoiding foods and drinks high in sugar, such as candy, chips, soda, and energy drinks. Even options that appear healthy can be deceiving. Sports drinks and fruit juice can contain a highly acidic content, which can weaken tooth enamel and elevate the risk of tooth decay.

Question: What if my child has a toothache?

Answer: If your child complains of sensitive teeth or a toothache that doesn’t subside after 48 hours, schedule a visit with the dentist. The doctor can examine the tooth to see if the child has decay. We can then recommend a lifelike filling to prevent the decay from becoming an infection and leading to greater discomfort.

Question: How often should my child see the dentist?

Answer: Like you, children need to have their smiles examined and professionally cleaned once every six months. These visits allow the doctor to monitor your child’s development and address problems before they can worsen. A cleaning can help safeguard your smile against gingivitis and other oral health concerns.

Riverside Dental Group and Dental Associate Offices Serves a Community Near You!

Our dentists look forward to caring for you and every member of your family with a comprehensive selection of services. We will maintain and improve your oral health with a wide range of preventive, cosmetic, restorative, implant, and emergency dentistry techniques. We also specialize in endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, and orthodontics, serving patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at  (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.