How to avoid Cavities in children’s teeth
How to Avoid Cavities in Children’s teeth
Although your child’s primary teeth are eventually going to fall off, they still need those tiny choppers to nibble at things, chew food and also speak properly. Most adults neglect the dental health of their kids. Up to 42% of kids aged between 2 and 11 will have cavity problems affecting their primary teeth because parents are not paying close attention to their oral health.
Reasons of tooth decay in young Children
Bacteria (Mutans streptococci) in the mouth feed on sugars from foods and drinks. These bacteria produces acid which damages the outer surface of the tooth (the enamel). Saliva repairs this damage, but if over time there is more damage than repair, it leaves a cavity or ‘hole’ in the tooth.
Children are not born with the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Caregivers pass the bacteria to babies through their saliva. For example, by ‘cleaning’ a dummy in the mouth and then giving it to the child. The risk of passing the bacteria to babies is greater if the caregiver has tooth decay that is not treated, so it is important that caregivers also look after their own oral health.
Signs of early tooth decay
Tooth decay may show as
- The first sign which remains undetected by parents is a dull white band on the tooth surface closest to the gum line.
- Brownish –black stumps indicates that the child has advanced decay.
- Yellowish, brown or black band on the tooth surface closest to the gum line that indicates the progression to decay.
Dental care tips to ensure their oral help is in the best shape:
- Even before the teeth begin, make sure the gums are cleaned properly so as to get rid of bacteria.
- As soon as the teething begins, buy your baby an infant toothbrush and toothpaste that generally does not contain fluoride.
- It is also good to floss your baby’s teeth. Do this as soon as you are able to touch their teeth.
- At 6 years of age children can use standard fluoride toothpaste.
- Brush teeth and along the gum line twice a day; in the morning and at night before bed.
- Limit the amount of sweet or sticky foods your child eats, such as candy, gummies, and cookies.
- Never put your child to bed with a bottle or food. It will not only expose.
Start oral hygiene early on and avoid giving your baby too much sugary foods. Take him to a good dentist regularly for dental checkup.
Contact Lincoln Dental at 03 9850 1713 to discuss it further.