Reliant Family Dental
Reliant Family Dental

Tooth Decay: A Common Children's Health Crisis

November 28, 2017
Posted By: Dr. Chris Meunier, DDS
Image of a mom helping her daughter brush her teeth | Evansville IN Children's Dentist

We know that parents cherish their children’s smiles. That is why we focus on preventing oral conditions in early childhood so that they have a solid foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles.

Preventing Dental Decay

Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease though it is entirely preventable by following a few simple guidelines:

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Brush teeth twice a day for two minutes
  • Use fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss both sides of every tooth
  • Avoid sugary snacks

Deep grooves in teeth make it challenging to prevent bacteria from causing decay. Toothbrush bristles may not reach the tiny fissures where bacteria hide and when they have fuel – sugar or starchy foods – they reproduce rapidly. Bacteria generate acid, which eats away at enamel and a cavity forms.

Recent studies show that the presence of yeast and other microorganisms accelerate this process.

Caring for Your Child’s Teeth

Even before teeth develop, cleaning your baby’s gums will remove biofilm and your little one’s mouth healthy. As teeth emerge, begin cleaning them right away with a soft-bristled baby toothbrush. Our hygienist can show you examples of what will work best and protect delicate gum tissue.

Flossing is essential since the toothbrush cannot clean between teeth. 

Children grow fast and love to exercise their independence; however, they need assistance cleaning their teeth until their motor skills (and commitment) make it possible for them to take over this important task. Around age 8 to 10, you can see if he or she is ready to take over and checking their work will ensure they don’t miss any areas.

A timer set for two minutes can help your child learn to take the time necessary to brush their teeth correctly, or you can clean together for special bonding time.

Most children will develop at least one cavity. If your child needs a filling, you can count on our gentle and kid-friendly team to make their procedure interesting and educational.

We offer pediatric dentistry in our Evansville dental office and welcome your whole family!

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