A recent survey is saying that 12 percent of three-year-olds have some form of tooth decay. Tooth decay is when plaque builds up on the baby teeth and starts breaking down the enamel. With a weakened enamel, it’s easy for bacteria to get in and start rotting the teeth and cause infections with the gums as well. This survey means that more than one in eight children is suffering, and dentists believe there are a few things causing the decay.
- Sugar: A high-sugar diet is the easiest way for plaque to start building up on your child’s teeth. This is something that needs to be even more closely monitored than normal in October with Halloween coming up around the corner. Lollipops and juices in a bottle are the most dangerous, because your child’s teeth are exposed to sugar for a long period of time.
- Tooth brushing: Keep your child’s dental cleaning routine regular. Make sure you’re brushing their teeth at least twice a day, more often if they’re snacking on candy or juice. Supervise their tooth brushing to make sure they get all the nooks and crannies of the mouth. Encourage them to spit out any extra toothpaste that may be residing in their mouth.
- Fluoride: Fluoride isn’t as bad for their mouth as people are sometimes lead to believe. If your child is between the age of three and six, they can use a small drop of toothpaste with 1,350 to 1,500 ppm of fluoride. The fluoride will strengthen their teeth and make them less prone to tooth decay.
If you have any questions about how to reduce your child’s likelihood of tooth decay or worry they might already be showing some signs, give Dr. Real a call at (714) 525-2888 to make an appointment. Dr. Real can assess the condition of your child’s teeth and give you any pointers to keep their teeth from getting worse.