One of the greatest threats to your child’s dental health is cavities that occur in early childhood. Since your child cannot effectively clean his own teeth, you can help be sure his teeth and gums stay healthy. Your dentist can help you establish a routine that will encourage proper dental care throughout your child’s life.
Common Causes Of Childhood Cavities
One common and very serious form of childhood tooth decay is known as “bottle mouth.” This is often extensive decay of the teeth that occurs when a child is allowed to use a bottle over an extended period of time, sometimes even while sleeping. The contents of the bottle, if it is milk, formula, or fruit juice, exposes the teeth to sugars that serve to attract and nourish bacteria in the mouth. This bacteria forms plaque, which can then become tartar. The high acidic content of these substances eats through the enamel, causing decay. Many young children find themselves facing extraction of numerous teeth due to this kind of severe decay.
Decay is also more common in younger children because they cannot clean their teeth thoroughly on their own. You must ensure that your child’s teeth are properly cleaned and that she learns how to clean her own teeth. Until she can maneuver a toothbrush, however, you should be sure to provide additional brushing.
Preventing Childhood Decay
If you have questions about how to keep your child’s teeth clean and prevent decay, consult with your dentist. Your dentist can help teach your child how to brush properly and can also provide toothbrushes that are easier for children to use. She can also recommend toothpastes that are suitable for children.
As a parent, you can take numerous steps to prevent decay in your child’s teeth. Aside from helping your child brush, avoid serving your child sugary drinks or sticky, sweet snacks. If your child wants to use a bottle, only allow him to drink water from it. This will reduce the likelihood of severe decay that can eventually lead to tooth loss and even problems in the future when your child’s permanent teeth arrive.
Contact our experienced and caring dental team today to learn more about cavity prevention. Call 214-821-8639 to schedule an appointment today.