There are some things your childrens dentist may not be telling you:
- Tooth decay affects more children in the US than any other chronic infectious disease.
- According to statistics from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, over 40%-50% of children below the age of 5 years will be affected by tooth decay.
- Out of the 4 million children born every year, more than half those born will have cavities (dental caries) by the second grade.
- According to the Surgeon General’s report of May 2000, 51 million school hours are lost to dental related episodes every year.
The fact is, most oral diseases and tooth decay can be prevented or treated early on to avert further extensive treatment. Maintaining good oral hygiene, following a healthy diet, using fluoride and usage of dental sealants can practically eliminate the appearance of tooth decay in young children. If you are concerned about your child’s dental health, take your child to visit a childrens dentist. Request the childrens dentist to check for fluoride levels and if they are insufficient he or she will recommend supplements. Fluoride is proven to dramatically reduce the formation of dental cavities and it finds extensive use in toothpastes.
Your child’s teeth are already forming before baby is born. A pregnant mother can help her baby be born healthy and prevent birth defects of the brain and spinal cord as well as possibly reduce the prospect of cleft lip/palate, by including folic acid rich foods in her diet. Once your baby is born develop early good habits by not allowing baby to fall asleep while nursing or bottle feeding. If the child must feed from the bottle at bedtime, fill the bottle with plain water and do not offer any sugary fluids like formula or fruit juice before bedtime. The remnants of sugar based fluids combine with bacteria in the dental plaque in the mouth to produce acids. This acid attacks the tooth enamel and causes decay as time goes by.
Sealants are popular treatments to prevent tooth decay in young children. Sealants are very effective in protecting the molars from decay. First molars make their appearance when the child reaches the age of 6 and second molars appear when the child is around 12 years. Application of sealants should be undertaken by childrens dentist as soon as the molars erupt. This treatment offers protection for 5-10 years. Ask about sealants from your childrens dentist. Sarasota residents can get information of the latest techniques from their pediatric dentists.
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