I know very few people enjoy discussing cavities and tooth decay but sometimes bringing an awareness to the subject is the only thing that works. As a cosmetic dentist in Irmo, one aspect I encounter each day when it comes to dentistry is cavities and tooth decay.
But let me ask the question: what is a cavity? According according to KidsHealth.org a cavity is a word no one wants to hear at the dental office! The page also gives a more comprehensive definition of a cavity as follows:
The bacteria in your mouth make acids and when plaque clings to your teeth, the acids can eat away at the outermost layer of the tooth, called the enamel (say: ih-na-mul).
So here we have the definition of a cavity caused my tooth decay (I'm sure many of you already know this) but as a dentist who's loyal to my fellow residents of Irmo, South Caroline, my duty is to list some simple ways of avoiding cavities - more especially with children.
Here are a few tips you can use to ensure your children avoid the pit-falls of cavities
- Encourage responsible dental care at a young age: It's easy to convince a child to like something, especially by making it fun. That's what parents are here for - to encourage our children to learn how to make important life decisions and one of those decisions is good oral health. The younger you teach your child of the benefits of tooth brushing and general oral health the stronger the chances are that they'll grow up respecting it's importance.
- Do not give your child juice with sugar in it before bedtime: To some people, only food stuck on and between teeth can give a child cavities but the truth is that anything that is eaten with sugar in it can cause tooth decay and that includes juices and flavored water. The best liquids to give your child before they go to bed is water and if you want to be extra nice milk is generally much better than orange or apple juice.
- Teach your children to floss: You can go wrong by making flossing fun for your child. It's also a great time to show them all the guck that get's stuck between their teeth after they eat. After a few years of you, as a parent encouraging your children to floss, chances are they'll make flossing a habit.
Proper Nutrition: It's clear and has been proven that proper diet is conducive to oral health. Too much sugar in your child's mouth create acids that eat away at tooth enamel.
That's the bottom line and if you start taking the above tips into consideration you're bound to save your child from tooth decay and cavities and they'll probably grow up with decent oral hygienic habits.
If you would like more information about ways to avoid tooth decay and cavities in children call us at 803-781-1600 and we'll be more than happy to answer any of your questions.