Would you be surprised to hear that cavities are quite common in adults? You see, studies have found that nearly every other American adult over 30 has some kind of tooth decay. Luckily, there are steps you can take to avoid tooth decay altogether. Still, did you know that it’s also important for you to help your child avoid tooth decay?
Unfortunately, your little ones could get cavities, just like you can., but children are also vulnerable to baby bottle tooth decay. Regardless of what you’ve been told, sugar doesn’t actually cause cavities. Instead, it creates an environment that allows bad bacteria to thrive. If you give your little one a sugary bottle before bed, whether it’s filled with soda, milk or juice, their drink could a puddle in their mouth. This liquid can also pool in their mouth, exposing their teeth to sugar and making them more vulnerable to decay.
Still, you can avoid these issues by simply not giving your child a bottle or by filling their bottle with water. Sharing utensils with your child can also lead to tooth decay because the bacteria that cause decay are very contagious. You’ll also need to protect your child’s teeth before they even erupt above the gumline. You should also clean your child’s mouth by wipe their mouth with a clean cloth after they eat.
If you have more questions about avoiding tooth decay in children, please don’t hesitate to give our team at Douglas A. Deam, DMD, PA a call at 305-443-4713. Dr. Douglas A Deam and our team will gladly inspect your teeth, give you personalized advice, and answer any of your questions. We’re excited to hear from you soon.