Does your preschooler complain about aching teeth? Many parents don’t realize that small children are just as susceptible to developing cavities as adults and older kids. Even if your little one still has baby teeth, tooth decay can lead to serious dental health complications, including misalignment and infection. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help your child avoid cavities.
Why Do We Get Cavities?
When we eat foods or consume drinks high in sugar and other starches, bacteria break down these sugars. Soon, the level of oral acids in your mouth increase and the teeth become coated in plaque, which weakens the outer enamel and exposes your sensitive inner tooth structure to bacteria, causing cavities to form. Tooth decay can also form when a tooth becomes damaged, since a crack or chip allows bacteria to bypass the enamel. Children of all ages are vulnerable to decay, which can cause everything from painful toothaches to tooth loss.
Preventing Cavities in Young Children
With a few simple tips, you can reduce your little one’s risk of developing tooth decay. We recommend helping your child brush his/her teeth twice a day, once in the morning and again before bed. Kids should also floss before going to bed, as well. Other tips include:
- Avoid going to bed or napping with milk or juice
- Reduce consumption of candy and treats high in sugar
- Drink more water and less soda
- Cut back on sports drinks (they contain high amounts of sugar)
Dental Sealants and Fluoride Treatments
At Viva Family Dentistry, we offer the latest in children’s dentistry, including dental sealants and fluoride treatments. Dental sealants are a plastic coating applied to the teeth in the back of the mouth. These teeth are often difficult for kids to reach when brushing. The sealants prevent food from becoming stuck between teeth and decrease cavity risk. Fluoride treatments strengthen the outer enamel, shoring up your little one’s natural defenses against cavities. Talk to Dr. Truong today about fluoride treatments and dental sealants.
About Dr. Truong: Dallas TX dentist, Dr. Diep Truong, DDS offers a comfortable dental care employing the latest in cutting-edge dental technology. Our patients in Dallas and Richardson have access to innovative preventive, cosmetic, and restorative procedures. To schedule an appointment, call Viva Dental Family Dentistry at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson).