Children’s Cavities – Prevent Them, Reverse Them
Everyone wants their kids to have healthy teeth, but tooth decay can rob them of their smiles. Cavities are frustratingly common in children, but with proper dental care, you can prevent or reverse the process that causes them. Holes in teeth do not develop overnight. It takes time for a cavity to form, so you have a chance to intervene with improved oral hygiene and a little help from your dentist.
The human mouth is full of various types of bacteria, and some of them are harmful. The tooth decay process begins when a sticky, bacteria-laden film called plaque forms on teeth after eating. Bacteria contained in plaque interact with sugars and starches to make acids; the acids eat away at the tooth enamel and eventually form a cavity. Minerals in saliva and fluoride from water and other sources work together to repair the damage, but tooth decay develops if oral hygiene is poor. The children tooth decay affects most are those who don’t brush and floss regularly to counteract the frequent acid exposure.
Before you wage war on cavities, it helps to know what causes them and be armed with the following cavity prevention tips.
7 Cavity Prevention Tips
1. Supervise oral hygiene until a child is seven or eight years old.
2. Ensure that children brush twice a day and floss daily.
3. Limit snacks to reduce acid exposure.
4. Don’t allow nighttime snacks after brushing.
5. Save candy, cookies, and soda for special occasions.
6. Limit fruit juice consumption.
7. Don’t use sippy cups.
Affordable dentists can help with cavity prevention by providing treatments such as dental sealants that cover the chewing surfaces to teeth to prevent bacteria and plaque from collecting in the natural grooves of molars. Professional fluoride treatments may also be useful, especially if your children do not get enough fluoride from water.
Regular dental visits are the best way to ensure that tooth decay is addressed early. If you keep your children’s dental appointments now, there will be fewer in the future.
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