Does your child complain about sensitive teeth? Does he/she experience a toothache that doesn’t seem to go away? These are all common symptoms of tooth decay. A cavity endangers the health and stability of your child’s smile. Unfortunately, many parents don’t realize that a few simple steps can help prevent the onset of tooth decay. In today’s blog, your Richardson dentist, Dr. Diep Truong, offers tips for safeguarding your child’s smile against tooth decay.

Tips for Protecting Little Smiles

  • Always attend checkups: Your child’s first checkup should occur shortly after the first tooth erupts. Once your little one reaches the age of three, he/she should attend checkups once every six months. A checkup allows Dr. Truong to watch for the early signs of decay, providing treatment and returning the tooth to full function and health. Remember, even baby teeth require treatment for cavities, as advanced decay may lead to a painful dental infection.
  • Don’t forget a dental cleaning: For older children, your Richardson TX general dentist may recommend a dental cleaning. This involves removing the layers of plaque and tartar from your child’s teeth. A cleaning brightens children’s smiles, freshens their breath, and reduces the risk of tooth decay.
  • Practice regular homecare: In addition to checkups and cleanings, you should also make sure your child brushes and flosses. Children should brush their teeth twice a day, once in the morning and again before bed. They should also floss once a day. You may need to assist your children to ensure they brush properly and thoroughly. Dr. Truong can answer any questions about proper homecare.

Restore Your Smile with Help from Your Richardson TX General Dentist

Does your child need a checkup or cleaning? Then talk to your Richardson TX general dentist today. Dr. Diep Truong can help your child maintain a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Truong by calling our Richardson general dentist’s office at (972) 437-6000. With a second office in Dallas, we proudly serve new and existing patients from Kessler Park, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, Richardson, Carrolton, Garland, Addison, Farmers Branch, and all surrounding communities.