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Dr. Abeyta celebrates National Children’s Dental Health Month by sharing some tips on how to keep your kids teeth healthy and cavity free.

Limit sugar, starches and sticky foods that cling to the teeth.

Research has linked starch, sugar and sticky foods such as raisins, Caramel, peanut butter and marshmallows to tooth decay and cavities.  The best defense is to keep healthy snacks in easy reach on the counter or in the refrigerator.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are a much better option for snacks.  Keeping grapes, apples, carrots and celery ready for the quick grab when the kids get home from school might help stop them from reaching for the cookies, chips and candy.

Teach your children at an early age to brush AND floss after meals, especially if they’ve eaten candy or sticky foods.  The longer food clings to your child’s teeth the more likely it is to cause tooth decay.  So, watch out for those large size lollipops and never ending slushies that keep sugar in constant contact with young teeth.

Choose a soft bristled toothbrush and replace it every 4 to 6 weeks.  Make sure your child is brushing his or her teeth at least two times a day for 2 to 3 minutes and don’t forget to brush the back molars and tongue.

Foods rich in calcium like cheese sticks, milk, yogurt, nuts and broccoli are another great way to keep teeth healthy and cavity free.

It is hard to avoid sugary treats all the time but instead of having them for a snack, you can let the kids eat them during mealtime to help wash away the sugar.

It’s also important children visit their dentist twice a year. Besides checking for signs of cavities or other issues, the dentist will help keep young teeth extra clean and can help teach your kids how to properly brush and floss.

Remember, it’s not just brushing and flossing that keep your kid’s teeth healthy — you also need to be careful about what they eat and drink.   Eat lots of fruits and vegetables and drink water instead of soda. And when it time for school pictures your child will have an awesome smile when they hear “say cheese”!

Dr. Alicia Abeyta believes that everyone deserves a beautiful one-of-a-kind smile. She understands that your dental treatment is personal, from your personal decision to receive treatment, to the personal care you receive. With a different and gentle approach to dentistry, Dr. Abeyta and her team believe that dentistry is health and trust centered.