It is nothing new that kids fill up on sweets and soda, but doctors say that percentage of children who are diagnosed with tooth decay is far too high. Whether it is the lack of basic oral care or excessive intake of sugary and acidic foods, something should be done to decrease the cases of children with tooth decay. Studies say that 40% of children are getting diagnosed with tooth decay and it is the most common disease found in children ages 6 to 11 and teens 12 to 19.
Why is it Important?
Tooth decay happens when the bacteria in your mouth make acids that eat away at a tooth. This can lead to toothache (which is the most common symptom of tooth decay), infection, and worse case scenario- tooth loss. Mild cases of tooth decay might require your kids to get fillings and severe cases might require them to get crowns or root canals. With basic oral care, tooth decay can be prevented and your kids can have a clean and pain-free smile!
Tips to Prevent Tooth Decay:
- Start early. When your kids have developed their first tooth it’s pertinent that you start oral care immediately.
- Make it a routine. Remind your kids that brushing and flossing regularly will prevent things like toothaches and infection.
- Avoid foods that will impact their teeth such as sugary, acidic, and sticky foods. Or, if your kids do eat them, tell them to rinse or brush afterwards to prevent food getting stuck in their teeth.
- Ask your dentist. If you are prone to cavities and tooth decay, your kids are at risk as well. Whether it is a question of how to take better care or alternative preventative measures, they are there to help you and your kids.
Contact Greenspoint Dental for you and your kids’ bi-annual appointments, we’d love to see you in our office.