Learn That Dental Caries Is Not Inevitable
Unfortunately some parents and caregivers do think dental caries or tooth decay is just an inevitable part of childhood. This couldn’t be further from the truth as dental caries is actually caused by an infectious disease and is entirely preventable. When a baby is first born they don’t have any bacteria in the mouth, but this is gradually introduced by parents and caregivers kissing the child or perhaps licking a pacifier before giving it back to a young infant. It is inevitable that your child will get these bacteria, but you can reduce their risk of cavities by making sure your own mouth is healthy and disease-free.
Dental Caries Is Painful at Any Age
While your kid’s milk or primary teeth may soon be replaced with adult teeth, it’s still worth taking the time to protect these milk teeth against dental caries. Toothache can be painful and can make it difficult for your kid to focus on their school work and to eat or speak comfortably. So what are some things you can do to avoid your child developing cavities? We’ve listed a few of the most common and easiest ways below.
Get Your Child into a Proper Oral Hygiene Routine
This is the most basic and essential step in keeping your kids teeth cavity free. You can begin an oral hygiene routine very early on, wiping their gums with a clean washcloth after each feeding. When that first tooth appears, begin to gently brush it using a child sized soft bristle brush and just a tiny smear of toothpaste. We know it can be difficult to brush very young children’s teeth, so please ask us for help and advice if every tooth brushing session is a battle. You’ll find Dr. Marina Krepkh or any of our pediatric dentists at the Kids Dentistry Center Brooklyn can offer useful advice and tips on how to make this essential task more enjoyable for you both.
Making Sure Older Kids Brush and Floss Properly
One question we hear quite a lot is when can my kid brush their teeth and floss on their own? The answer to this does vary, as some children will want to take over brushing their own teeth from the age of six or seven onwards and should have the dexterity to do so. However even if they do brush their teeth you still need to supervise them closely and to make sure they do it properly, as well as encourage kids to floss. Flossing can be a little more difficult for a child to accomplish and you’ll probably need to floss their teeth for them, possibly up until the age of 10.
Limit the Amount of Sugary Drinks and Snacks
Sugar is the best food for dental caries causing bacteria and as they feast on this sugary substance they produce acid which attacks the tooth enamel. Over time the tooth enamel becomes progressively weaker and a cavity is formed. Sodas and sports drinks are particularly harmful for teeth and many fruit juices are sugar laden and best kept as an occasional treat or given as part of a meal. Ideally persuade your child to eat the whole fruit rather than sipping on fruit juice.
Regular Dental Visits Are Vital
Routine checkups and professional cleanings with a good pediatric dentist such as our own Dr. Krepkh are vital for maintaining good oral health and avoiding dental caries. Our pediatric dentists can ensure oral hygiene is being properly maintained and if necessary can offer additional fluoride treatments and other preventive measures such as dental sealants.
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Dr. Marina Krepkh
7708 4th Avenue 1st floor
Brooklyn, NY 11209 (Bay Ridge)