Best Ways to Avoid Kids’ Cavities
Kids’ cavities are of great concern to pediatric dentists and parents. Even though baby teeth will eventually fall out, it is still necessary to care for those teeth and to avoid cavities as soon as possible.
Not only can cavities become painful or sensitive for a child, they can also potentially damage teeth or have long term effects. If teeth have to be removed prematurely, your child’s permanent teeth may not grow in properly and may need to be straightened later. Keeping his or her baby teeth in place can help a child’s smile develop well.
What Causes Cavities?
Cavities in children happen in the same way that adult cavities do. They develop when excess sugars and food particles linger on or between teeth. Bacteria living in the mouth consume the sugars and create acid. Eventually that excess acid can wear on the enamel of the teeth. As the enamel wears, the acid can leave a hole in the teeth. Left unchecked, this hole, or cavity, can cause pain and damage the teeth.
Avoiding Kids’ Cavities
The best way to avoid kids’ cavities is to keep sugars from lingering in between the teeth. It starts with a healthy diet. Eating food that’s good for oral and overall health can keep excess sugar from coming in contact with your teeth. But of course, carbohydrates and sugary foods will happen. Make sure that your child maintains a good oral health routine, such as brushing teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day before bed. Even with small children, you can use a wash cloth or small infant toothbrush to keep teeth clean. This will clear away those excess sugars before they can cause problems.
There are a number of ways you can limit sugars in your child’s diet. When you do allow treats, steer clear of the sticky ones that are difficult to clean from teeth or sweets that leave sugar in the mouth for long periods of time, such as hard candies. Limit juices and sodas and make sure your child drinks plenty of water.
What To Do When You Suspect Kids’ Cavities
If your child complains of a toothache or you see a dark spot on your child’s teeth, your child may have a cavity. You should contact your pediatric dentist right away to make an appointment. Your child’s dentist may be able to spot a cavity in earliest stages during your child’s regular cleanings. If your dentist finds a cavity, she can offer a solution, such as a filling, to stop the progression of the cavity.
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