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Preventing Cavities In Schoolchildren

Cavities are a common dental problem among young children, but there are things you can do as a parent to prevent their appearance.

Key takeaways:

  • Ask your dentist about fluoride treatments and sealants to prevent cavities.
  • School-age children should know how and when to brush their teeth and floss.
  • Avoid sugary snacks and get your kids used to eating fresh fruit, yogurt, and vegetables instead.

You should also take your kids for dental exams even if they don’t seem to have a problem with cavities.

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Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.