Tooth decay is the breakdown and destruction of the tooth enamel, the outer surface of the tooth. It causes cavities and holes in the teeth.
What Causes Tooth Decay in Children?
Bacteria is the main cause of tooth decay in children. It happens if their food containing starches and sugars is left on the surface of the teeth. These, such as raisins, soda, candy, fruit juice, cake, and bread, corrode and house the acid-producing bacteria. These foods are used by the bacteria in the mouth to make the acid. Bacteria, food, acid, and saliva combine to form the plaque that sticks to the teeth. Over time, the acids erode the tooth enamel.
Who Is at Risk for Tooth Decay?
Everyone has bacteria in their mouth, but children are most susceptible to cavities. The risks for cavities are increased by the high levels of bacteria in the mouth, a sugar-loaded diet that has starch, limited water supply, poor oral hygiene, and low saliva flow.
How To Prevent
You can take some simple steps to prevent the spread of cavities in the mouth. First, start brushing the teeth of your child as soon as the first tooth appears. Include the tongue, teeth, and gums at least twice a day while using fluoride toothpaste. It is better if you watch your child brush so that you can inspect how they do it. If the child is 3 years or younger, ensure that they use a small amount of toothpaste, about the size of a grain of rice. Moreover, floss their teeth daily after 2 years.
Ensure your child also eats a balanced diet that has limited snacks. Do not share utensils to prevent the transfer of bacteria from your mouth to them. If your child uses a bottle at bedtime, ensure that it has water instead of milk. Lastly, schedule routine cleanings and exams for them at least every six months.
Treatment of tooth decay involves the removal of the decayed part of the tooth and replacing it with a filling. Talk to us for more information about the oral health of your child. We are ready to help!
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