Preventive dental care is important throughout life. By practicing good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular checkups with Dr. Ramirez, you can help keep your child’s smile bright and healthy for many years to come.
Most of the time cavities are due to a diet high in sugary foods and a lack of brushing and flossing. Limiting sugar intake and brushing and flossing regularly is the first, and most important routine.
Every time someone eats, an acid reaction occurs inside their mouth as the bacteria digests the sugars. This reaction lasts approximately 20 minutes. During this time the acid environment can destroy or weaken the tooth structure, eventually leading to cavities. The longer it takes your child to chew their food, the longer the residue stays on their teeth and the greater the chances of getting cavities.
Consistency of a person’s saliva also makes a difference as thinner saliva breaks up and washes away food more quickly. When a person eats diets high in carbohydrates and sugars, they tend to have thicker saliva, which in turn produces more of the acid-producing bacteria that causes cavities.
Some tips for cavity prevention:
- Limit frequency of meals and snacks.
- Encourage brushing, flossing, and rinsing.
- Watch what your child drinks.
- Avoid sticky foods.
- Make treats part of meals.
- Choose nutritious snacks.
Baby teeth aren’t permanent. Why do they need special care?
Although they don’t last as long as permanent teeth, your child’s first teeth play an important role in her development. While they’re in place, these primary teeth help your little one speak, smile, and chew properly. They also hold space in the jaw for permanent teeth. If a child loses a tooth too early (due to damage or decay) nearby teeth may encroach on that space, which can result in crooked or misplaced permanent teeth. Also, your child’s general health is affected by the oral health of the teeth and gums.
If it’s been six months since your child’s last dental checkup, then it’s time to contact our office and schedule your next appointment!