According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1 out of every 5 children aged 5-11 years old have untreated tooth decay. Childhood tooth decay leads to low-self esteem, more severe dental issues such as tooth loss and gum disease, as well as increases the chances of other health problems such as heart disease and upper respiratory issues. At All Pro Dental, our pediatric dental services will help prevent and treat childhood tooth decay. Childhood tooth decay can also be prevented by instilling both proper oral health care habits at home as well as a healthy diet.
When coupled with proper teeth cleaning twice a day, healthy eating and drinking can significantly reduce your child’s chances of developing tooth decay. Our children’s dental office has laid out a guideline for what to be feeding children at certain stages of their life. Keep in mind that you should always talk to our dentists as well as your pediatrician for further dietary recommendations for your child.
Newborns (4-6 months). At this stage, breastmilk or baby formula is the best option for your child.
Babies 6-8 months old. Water can be introduced at this point along with breastmilk or baby formula from a bottle. Make sure to avoid sweetened milk and sugary fruit drinks — these are the leading cause of tooth decay for infants.
Children & teens. The older your child gets, the more difficult it will be to monitor their diet. The best way you can help instill healthy eating habits on your older children is to provide them with healthy snacks at home and nutritious dinners that are low in processed foods and sugar. Always encourage your child to brush their teeth at least twice a day or after a meal to avoid plaque and tartar buildup.
Keep in mind that the longer food stays in your child’s mouth, the more likely the sugars and acids from the food will cause damage to their teeth. Make sure to have tooth-friendly food options at the ready such as apples, carrots, and cheeses. Talk to our dentist in Revere regarding tips on how to discourage your kids from eating over extended periods of time. Promote scheduled meal times so that your children aren’t eating throughout the day and always put the food away when they are done eating. As always, don’t forget to flush the food down with a glass of water to loosen particles stuck between teeth or on the gumline.
On top of a healthy diet, individuals of all ages should see a dentist for routine checkups. During these dental cleanings, our pediatric dentist will check your child’s teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay, as well as cavities and gum disease. The best defense against this common oral health issue is to always enlist in the help of your local dentist in Revere. Schedule an appointment today!