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Early Tooth Decay in Children – Is Your Child at Risk?

Mar 19, 2015 - 11:03 AM EST |  Posted under: Pediatric Dentistry

Tooth decay in children is the most common chronic childhood disease in the nation. Sadly, by the time they start kindergarten, a quarter of American children have never had a dental exam. Many parents simply don’t know when it’s appropriate for their children to start seeing a dentist, and they don’t have access to care guidelines for preventing early tooth decay. Children should see a pediatric dentist about six months after the eruption of their first primary teeth. The first dental exam will include education for parents as well as an evaluation of their children’s tooth development and oral health.

Cavity Prevention Tip: Avoid Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Baby bottle tooth decay occurs when a child’s teeth have been exposed to sugary liquids over a long period of time. Beverages like cola and fruit juice can cause decay when children hold a bottle, sippy cup, or juice box throughout the day. Non-sugary choices such as unsweetened juices, tea, and water promote better oral and general health. If baby bottle tooth decay is not treated, it can cause painful infections and lead to tooth extractions. Although primary teeth are temporary, they serve as placeholders for permanent teeth. Early loss of primary teeth could affect the future health of permanent teeth, and interfere with speech and chewing.

More Tips for Preventing Tooth Decay in Children

  • Start an oral healthcare routine early. Before teeth erupt, a baby’s gums should be wiped with a damp cloth after each feeding. When the first tooth appears, it’s time to start brushing with a soft-bristle toothbrush and water.
  • Children should be weaned from bottle and breastfeeding by the age of one.
  • Use spill-proof sippy cups only as a transitional aid. They are not intended to be a long-term solution.
  • Allow use of sippy cups only when accompanied by snacks or meals.
  • When giving a child sugary beverages, provide a straw to reduce the liquid’s contact with tooth surfaces.
  • Schedule appointments with a pediatric dentist regularly to ensure early cavity prevention and treatment.
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“I took my kids ages 1 1/2, 7, and 10 today for their checkup visit. I’m so pleased with their treatment at this location. Jennifer their hygienist and Dr. Michard were amazing with them. My almost two year old even wanted to sit in the chair because he was so comfortable. My oldest has anxiety and they really made her feel so comfortable. I highly recommend them. As a mom and teacher, I can tell you they are awesome with children. They talk to them at their level and explain everything in the perfect way. My kids were terrified of going to the dentist before this and because they had a great experience last time (in July) I didn’t have to persuade them for this checkup. Thank you ladies for making this momma one happy camper! Oh and the office staff is so nice and helpful. They rock too!!!”

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What Our Patients Say About Us

“I took my kids ages 1 1/2, 7, and 10 today for their checkup visit. I’m so pleased with their treatment at this location. Jennifer their hygienist and Dr. Michard were amazing with them. My almost two year old even wanted to sit in the chair because he was so comfortable. My oldest has anxiety and they really made her feel so comfortable. I highly recommend them. As a mom and teacher, I can tell you they are awesome with children. They talk to them at their level and explain everything in the perfect way. My kids were terrified of going to the dentist before this and because they had a great experience last time (in July) I didn’t have to persuade them for this checkup. Thank you ladies for making this momma one happy camper! Oh and the office staff is so nice and helpful. They rock too!!!”

– Jen K.