Time to Battle Cavities – Provide Children with the Best Defense

For children, cavities are monsters of the mouth. For parents, they’re a pain. Did you know that according to a study referencing cavities in children by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 42% of children between the ages of 2 and 11 had cavities in their baby teeth and another 21% in the same age range had cavities in their permanent teeth?

Is there a way to keep the cavity beast at bay? Yes!

What Causes Cavities In Children?

Sometimes they’re known as “sugar bugs,” but more commonly, the creatures that cause cavities are more formally known as bacteria. Although certain types of bacteria is actually a normal part of our body chemistry, others, often produced by the food we eat, can lead to tooth decay.

Although bacteria produced by sugar is a top offender, there are other bacteria boosters that can cause cavities in children, including:

  1. Consuming carbohydrates/starches
  2. Lack of proper brushing and flossing
  3. Minimal intake of fluoride
  4. Excess snacks, juice and other sweets
  5. Reduced flow of saliva

The combination of excess bacteria and production of acids causes tooth decay (or in other words, cavities).

Time to Battle Cavities – Provide Children with the Best Defense

By improving diet and oral hygiene, children will have the best opportunity to fight cavities. Caregivers can help encourage better tooth-cleaning practices by:

  • Demonstration – provide your child with a toothbrush and floss tutorial.
  • Supervising younger children – Children, ages 2 to 6, need to be assisted until they establish a consistent routine.
  • Monitoring toothpaste amount – A pea-sized amount of toothpaste is recommended for each brushing session.
  • Twice a day – Children should brush twice a day for at least 2 minutes. About the amount of time, it takes to sing “Happy Birthday”.

In addition to ensuring best oral hygiene practices and limiting juice, sweets, and starches there are other preventative measures your dentist may recommend to avoid cavities in children. For example, at Kangaroo Smiles, Dr. Mona may suggest applying sealants to protect teeth and prevent cavities from forming.

What Happens When a Cavity Forms?

Sometimes individuals are more prone to cavities than others, many times this is attributed to hereditary factors. In the event a cavity develops, the area of tooth decay will need to be removed and replaced with a filling. At Kangaroo Smiles, we offer white fillings that help to camouflage and blend with natural tooth appearance.

If you’d like to learn more about how to prevent cavities in children or would like to schedule an appointment with us, please contact us today, 978-425-1496.

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