The most common childhood disease is tooth decay, and the CDC has discovered that around 20% of childhood cavities are left untreated. This is a startling statistic, especially because almost all childhood cavities are entirely preventable and don’t need to occur at all!
Preventing Childhood Dental Cavities
Below are a few ways for parents to make sure that their children experience a childhood free from cavities and tooth decay:
- Find a Dentist by Your Child’s First Birthday – The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists has recommended that you find a dentist for your child by the eruption of their first tooth or by their first birthday, whichever comes first. Don’t wait until your child has a toothache to bring them in.
- Consider Sealants – Sealants are very effective, yet rarely utilized. Sealants are a thin plastic coating applied directly to your child’s enamel. It helps to seal all the hard-to-reach places on your child’s vulnerable teeth.
- Never Put Your Child to Bed with Milk or Juice – “Bottle rot” is a term used for the type of dental decay that occurs when children are routinely put to bed with anything other than water. Other liquids will coat your child’s teeth for the entire time they’re asleep, allowing them to cause more damage.
- Start Oral Hygiene Early – Even before your child’s first tooth appears you can begin caring for the gums and mouth. Use a damp cloth or a finger brush to wipe your baby’s gum clean, preventing bacteria and protecting any emerging teeth.
- Set A Good Example – Lastly, modeling good dental habits for your child can help them stay cavity-free. Children do what they see, so make brushing a family activity!
Here at Severance Dental, we want your kids to have healthy, beautiful smiles! To schedule appointments for the whole family, please contact our Severance Colorado family dental office today.