Unfortunately, cavities are common in toddlers and children. The good news, however, is that they are easily preventable. Many times, toddlers and children get cavities because their diet is loaded with refined carbohydrates and sugar. The sugars and bacteria create an acidic environment in the mouth that can break down tooth enamel and cause cavities.
Sodas, fruit juices, cookies, chips, fruit snacks, and candy are all foods that many toddlers and children love. These are exactly the types of foods that contribute to tooth decay. Therefore, be sure to limit your child’s consumption of sugar and refined carbs.
Another reason cavities are so prevalent among toddlers and children is poor oral hygiene. Children often need their parents to remind them to brush and floss their teeth and show them how to do so properly.
Since cavities can lead to serious complications such as toothache, infection, and tooth loss, it is important to encourage your child to practice healthy oral habits. Work with them to develop an oral hygiene routine, keep less sugar and carb filled snacks in the house, and take them to the pediatric dentist every six months.
It’s also a good idea to provide them with fluoride. Fluoride can strengthen your child’s tooth enamel and reduce the chances of bacteria creating acids that lead to cavities. Introduce it to your child as it is considered one of the best defenses against tooth decay.
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If you believe your child may have a cavity or they are due for their dental exam and check up, call 703-348-2813 to make an appointment with one of our pediatric dentists today.