Toddler Tooth Decay – Part 1

Did you know that a child can get a cavity as soon as the first tooth pokes through the gum? It’s hard to believe, but it’s true! Cavities can grow quickly in baby teeth, because they are softer than adult teeth. And once one tooth has a cavity, the other teeth nearby can get cavities too. Tooth decay in toddlers is something every parent needs to look out for. Here are some steps you can take to stop toddler tooth decay before it starts:

 

  1. Take your child to the dentist every six months for a checkup and cleaning. Kids between the ages of 2 and 5 who have not seen the dentist in the last year are more likely to have cavities.

  2. Check to see if your city puts fluoride in the water. If not, get fluoride tablets or drops from your dentist to use at home. Fluoride makes the teeth harder, protecting them from cavities.

  3. While you are at the dentist, ask for a fluoride treatment. The dentist will paint a fluoride gel over your child’s teeth.

  4. Gently brush your toddler’s teeth morning and night.

  5. Do not let toddlers drink anything other than water, unless it is meal time. Do not give them anything other than water before bed. Bacteria in the mouth turn sugars in milk and juice into acids that eat away at the teeth, causing cavities.

  6. Don’t allow your toddler to eat many sugary foods like candy and cookies. When they do eat them, make sure they eat them with a meal.

  7. Say no to soda! It has lots of acids and sugar in it.

 

Kids need their baby teeth for lots of things, like chewing, speaking, and smiling. So help them keep those little chompers healthy and cavity-free. If you don’t, who will?

 

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