Childhood Cavities

Childhood cavities are the most common dental concern that we see here at Band & Wire. Having children ourselves, we understand the struggle and that “staying on top of things” can be difficult, especially when the information out there is so inconsistent.  We aim to educate our parents in a compassionate way, since there isn’t enough preventative education out there. Because of this, I spoke to our pediatric dentist, Dr. Lee, and asked her how parents can tackle their children’s cavities. She wants to help our parents and patients thrive, and offered insight to what she sees as a pediatric dentist. From brushing techniques to diet, here are her top tips.

Help With Brushing

Despite good intentions, allowing your kids to brush their teeth by themselves at a young age can increase the risk of cities developing. Young children don’t have the dexterity to properly use a toothbrush and clean their teeth thoroughly. Leaving surfaces untouched overtime may result in cavities and other dental health problems. They may even choose not to brush their teeth altogether if the child knows that they aren’t being watched. Without being taught, children may not learn the correct brushing techniques for good oral hygiene. Our pediatric dentist, Dr. Lee recommends that parents help brush their children’s teeth until roughly five years old, and to continue supervision thereafter. This gives parents the chance to instill good habits, which may prevent cavities in the long term!

Balanced Diet

Sugar provides the perfect environment for bacteria to grow and result in tooth decay. Opt for serving calcium rich dairy and incorporating whole grains and vegetables in snacks. Providing your child with a balanced diet is one of the best things that you can do as a parent. On the flip side, too strictly limiting sugar may lead to an unhealthy relationship with food, or only put sugary treats on a pedestal. Finding a way that works for your family to incorporate all foods– even sugary ones, is the way to go. Having dessert at mealtime with other high fiber, low sugar foods may reduce the risk of that sugar forming cavities. Alongside, properly hydrating helps to keep the mouth moist and rinses out bacteria. As long as you’re doing your best to help your child hydrate, eat fiber and calcium rich foods, and brush their teeth– you’re doing great!

Fluoride Treatments

Controversial these days, fluoride treatments can greatly lower the chances of your children developing cavities. Fluoride makes teeth more resistant to decay by strengthening enamel. Fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash effectively prevents cavities and keeps enamel strong. Consult with your child’s pediatric dentist to figure out what’s best for them based on their age and unique needs. Although, the general recommendation is to use a rice-sized amount for children under three years old, and a pea-sized amount for everyone else. It’s true that too much fluoride can be a bad thing, but if you’re using the right amounts and not ingesting it regularly, your child will do just fine.

How We Prevent Cavities at Band & Wire

We aim to prevent cavities in our patients as much as possible. Education is at the forefront of prevention, and we have resources available for both children and our parents. Our friendly dentists and assistants are here to answer questions with compassion and reliable knowledge. Band & Wire invests in the latest technology, such as the iTero Niri (link), to prevent cavities and other dental issues before otherwise possible. We encourage our patients to visit regularly for cleanings and communicate their needs with us. Our team is always here to help you succeed! 


It’s our job as parents to protect our children’s health and keep their smiles bright. By helping them out and providing the resources they need, they may be able to thrive and avoid painful cavities. Above all, leading by example with our own habits can inspire them to do the same. Here at Band & Wire, our passion is to provide the best care possible for your child while supporting you as a parent– which includes proper education and preventative care. We are always accepting new patients. Please call or visit here to book your child’s free consultation today.