If you’re a parent, it’s natural for you to do everything you possibly can to keep your children healthy. In order to do that, you have to help them to prevent pediatric dental decay and childhood cavities. Taking your children to a highly qualified Woodhaven dentist like ours at Liberty Dental on a regular basis will help to accomplish this goal.
Tooth decay is a very common dental health problem not only among adults, but children as well. About forty-two percent of children between the two and eleven years old have develop a cavity in their baby (or primary) teeth. One of the most common reasons young children develop tooth decay is due to inadequate dental care. This includes not brushing your child’s teeth well enough and/or often enough. Therefore, it’s very important to not only take your child to their Woodhaven dentist office for regular cleanings and checkups, but also to follow the oral hygiene instructions you receive from your dental professional daily. There are reasons for pediatric tooth decay and are other things you can do to help prevent young children from getting cavities aside from regular visits to dentist. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a very common cause of tooth decay in toddlers is drinking from a bottle before naptime and bedtime. This problem is referred to as “bottle tooth decay”. The milk or juice from your child’s bottle or sippy cup can sit in her mouth overnight, creating the ideal environment for bacteria to grow. Therefore, you shouldn’t allow your child to go to bed with a bottle. Also, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children drink milk or sugary drinks quickly instead of sipping them slowly over a long period of time. Unhealthy eating habits also play a role in the development of tooth decay. Parents should try to avoid giving their child sugary foods.
To learn more about or practice or the prevention of pediatric tooth decay, you should consult with our expert Woodhaven dentist. Contact our office to schedule your appointment today.