How You Can Prevent Your Toddler’s Tooth Decay
December 22, 2017 ABC Children's Dentistry
Tooth decay knows no age limit. For young and old alike, it can be a serious issue. Parents across the country were rocked just a couple of years ago when news broke that – for the first time in 40 years – reports of children getting cavities in their baby teeth were on the rise.
In this issue, we’ll talk about why more children are experiencing cavities in their baby teeth, and share strategies for how parents and guardians can help.
How do children experience tooth decay?
It’s not just candy that’s causing the problem. Foods rich in carbohydrates, juices and sodas, peanut butter, crackers and potato chips are also contributing to the rise in cavities for toddlers.
Another factor at play is parents not taking their child in for their first dentist appointment on time (this should be done by age 1 or when the first tooth appears).
What changes can I make to help my child?
There are a number of things parents can do to reduce the likelihood of their child experiencing tooth decay.
- Make sure your child has a “dental home.”
As stated above, your child needs to be seen by a dentist by the time he/she turns 1 or when his/her first tooth appears.
- Adopt a regular cleaning routine.
Even before the first tooth arrives, there’s cleaning of the mouth to be done. Gently clean your child’s gums with a washcloth or moist piece of gauze. It’s time to introduce gentle brushing with a toothbrush.
- Curb exposure to drinks with sugar.
Only pour water, breast milk or formula in your child’s bottle or sippy cup.
- Stop sharing saliva.
Because decay-causing bacteria can be transmitted through saliva, avoid sharing utensils and cups with your child.
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