Dental decay in children is the single most common chronic childhood disease according to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report on oral health in America. When left untreated, tooth decay can be associated with eating, speaking and learning problems.
Oral health care should begin with the very first tooth that grows in your baby’s mouth. Even though these teeth will fall out within a few years, baby teeth hold a space for your child’s permanent ones, and it’s important that your child has a healthy mouth when those permanent teeth arrive. Without proper care, even baby teeth can decay and cause a host of problems, including:
Painful teeth and gums
Difficulty chewing, eating, and sleeping
Gum disease and inflammation
Embarrassment when talking and smiling
As a parent, you can teach your child the right way to care for teeth and make sure your child visits a professional dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups. The best service of dental care for kids is at Advanced Dental Center, PC, where dental experts are very careful about your child’s health.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, almost 50 percent of children under 12 have some form of tooth decay.
Here are three great tips to prevent tooth decay in kids:
Create a tooth brushing routine.
Brush your children’s teeth twice a day when they are babies, then teach them to do it on their own when they get older. And doing your best to avoid sugar.
Visit the dentist regularly.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that parents take their children to the dentist as soon as their first tooth erupts or by their first birthday. Bring your child to Advanced Dental Center, PC for regular dental checkups and cleanings. Coming in every six months is recommended.
Increase healthy foods and limit unhealthy foods in your child’s diet.
Feed your child a healthy diet, high in fruits and vegetables and low in added sugars. Healthy foods like carrots, broccoli and whole green beans make it easier to maintain healthy teeth. Foods like juice, candy (especially gummy candy) can hurt your child’s teeth and cause cavities.
Helping children develop healthy habits to care for teeth while they are young is important. These habits can set the stage for good oral health care throughout their entire life.
At Advanced Dental Center, PC, we’re devoted to providing children with the high quality, personalized dental care they need. We are committed to helping each young patient we serve achieve and maintain optimum oral health so they can enjoy all the benefits that come with having healthy and beautiful smiles! If you would like to book Free consultation for your child, you can use our online appointment request form. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about early dental care as we’re always happy to speak with you!