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Welcome to the pediatric dental practice of Dr. Nicholas A. Lavoie, DDS, MPH, MA!

Our office provides board-certified pediatric specialist dental care to infants, children, and teens, including those with special health care needs, living in the Southcoast MA and East Bay RI area.

With a staff of top local performers in the field, and an office experience designed to make you and your children feel as comfortable as possible, we hope to establish a lasting relationship as your family’s dental home.

Can my child really avoid tooth decay?

August 31, 2020

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Great question! Yes, in fact, tooth decay is preventable! Decay, which is caused by sugars left in your child’s mouth, can turn into an acid, which in turn can break down his or her teeth. Children are at high risk for tooth decay for a simple reason: many children and adolescents tend to be lax in their oral hygiene habits.

So, how can your child prevent tooth decay?

  • Start early. After the age of two, brush your child’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste twice a day. And, if possible, clean between the teeth with dental floss at least once a day, preferably before they go to bed.
  • Don’t allow your little ones to eat after cleaning teeth at bedtime, as salivary flow decreases while they sleep and their teeth become vulnerable to cavities.
  • Do not allow your little ones to nibble food or sip drinks continuously, and keep in mind that a low-sugar diet also helps keep tooth decay at bay. Allow time between meals for saliva to neutralize acids and repair the teeth.
  • Drinking water frequently throughout the day can also reduce the possibility of new cavities forming.
  • Dental sealants can also protect your children’s teeth from cavities. Sealants, which are applied to the chewing surfaces of molars, act as a shield between the tooth and harmful bacteria.

Finally, make sure your child visits us approximately every six months for a checkup and routine cleaning! Please give us a call at our office to set up an appointment!

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