Cavities in baby teeth are often regarded as a minor issue—after all, they are meant to fall out after some time. However, baby teeth must not be taken lightly because they guide to the health and alignment of the permanent structures. If a decayed tooth is extracted or falls out before it naturally should, space can be lost for the incoming permanent tooth. This causes the adult teeth to come out crooked or crowded, which will require expensive orthodontic work in the future. Additionally, an untreated abscess (deep infection) in a baby’s tooth can affect the structure below it, causing discoloration and malformation. Fortunately, tooth decay is almost a hundred percent preventable—if proper practices are observed or followed.
At Greenfield Family Dentistry, we understand how critical oral care is especially to children since they are still developing. That is why we offer dental services for children such as crowns, sealants, cavity fillings, fluoride treatments, emergency dentistry, laughing gas, and more. Aside from all these, here are a few tips we have prepared to keep your child’s teeth healthy and free from cavities.
Don’t wait too long for a dental visit
Children (as well as adults) need regular cleanings and dental checkups bi-annually. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Dental Association (ADA) both recommend parents to take their children for a dental visit when they turn one year old. The very first visit will establish your child’s dental “home” and build a continuous relationship between the dentist and your family. It also allows the dentist to provide a guide for healthy dental habits and cavity prevention.
Avoid providing your child sugary snacks
Bacteria feeds on sugar then produce acid waste. This waste can erode the teeth, which can lead to the formation of cavities. Hence, limiting your child’s intake of sugary food and drinks is one of the best ways to prevent decay. It is recommended to provide sugary snacks during mealtimes and to brush the teeth afterward. Crunchy fruits and vegetables are better snack options because they help scrub plaque from the teeth as your child eats.
Avoid sharing spoons with your child
Streptococcus mutans, a bacteria that causes cavities, can populate the grooves of a baby’s tongue even before the teeth emerge. By sharing the same utensils or by using your mouth to clean their pacifiers, the bacteria from your mouth can be passed to the child. That’s why you need to take care of your oral health to avoid spreading harmful bacteria to your child’s mouth.
Keep your child’s mouth the healthiest it can be with Children’s Dentistry in Gilbert, AZ! We at Greenfield Family Dentistry are dedicated to providing quality service for you and your child. Find us at 875 N. Greenfield Rd. #114, Gilbert, AZ 85234. Call us to get started!