When you help your children avoid cavities, you help protect their health
When you help your children avoid cavities, it does more than save them from needing a filling. Untreated tooth decay can cause serious issues for children including:
- Difficulty eating
- Issues with speech
- Difficulty sleeping
USA Today reports that tooth decay is a major issue for children: 42 percent of kids between the ages of 2 and 11 have a cavity in one of their baby teeth; and 21 percent of kids between the ages of 6 and 11 have a cavity in a permanent tooth. Often, children who have cavities in their permanent teeth require additional dental treatment later in life. In some cases, they end up with tooth loss.
The good news is that cavities can be prevented. Avoiding a cavity will prevent your child from experiencing pain, will save money on dental procedures and will help them maintain a healthy, confident smile.
Consider implementing the following tips to help prevent cavities:
Start brushing their teeth and gums when the first tooth erupts
At age 2, introduce fluoride toothpaste
Brush twice a day: Be sure to brush the teeth, gum line and tongue
Floss every day
Select a toothbrush with a small head so you can reach the back teeth easily
Select a toothbrush with soft bristles so you don’t damage gum tissue
Replace the toothbrush every three months because the bristles will wear out
Don’t provide juice or other sugary drinks in a bottle or sippy cup at bedtime
Avoid sugary snacks and soda
Visit the dentist twice a year starting at age one or two
Although tooth decay is preventable, it is more common in children in recent years than historically. Implementing the above tips will help keep your child’s mouth healthy and will help prevent pain and other potential cavity related issues.
Contact us for additional oral health tips and to schedule dental visits for your whole family in Boulder.