A cavity is a hole that forms when acids in the mouth break down the hard, outer layers of the tooth. An untreated cavity can cause a toothache and negatively impact the oral health of your child. Therefore, if you suspect your child has a cavity, it is important to visit your Palm Beach Children’s Dentistry as soon as possible.
Where does all that acid come from?
Bacteria can live on your child’s teeth inside of a film called plaque. Foods with sugars or starches, such as candy, bread, or chips, build up the plaque film. Then, bacteria living inside feeds off of it and turns the buildup into acids. When teeth are under regular attack from acids, the risk of cavities goes way up!
How can you prevent cavities in your child’s teeth?
Having your child brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste is the first step to cavity prevention for a healthy mouth. As your child gets older, make sure they start a healthy flossing regiment as well.
When monitoring meals and snacks for your children, avoid chewy or sticky candy. It sneaks between teeth and can stay there for long periods of time wreaking havoc and causing cavities. Also, try to limit snacking. Constant munching constantly feeds bacteria that exist in the mouth. Additionally, watch what your child is drinking. Practice limiting sodas, fruit juices, and other sugary drinks, too.
Furthermore, consult with your pediatric dentist about your child’s oral health. Taking your children to the dentist for regular exams every six months can help prevent cavities or catch them while they are still very small. In addition, your dentist can apply sealants to your child’s teeth. Sealants are a clear plastic coating that is put on teeth in order to prevent food from getting trapped in hard-to-brush areas.
Visit Your Palm Beach Children’s Dentistry for Your Child’s Optimal Oral Health!
The dental experts at Palm Beach Pediatric Dentistry can spot cavities that the untrained eye can’t. Whether you think your child has a cavity or not, prevention and proper oral care should always be a priority. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment!