Cavities are a commonly occuring problem in young children. The amount of cavity occurances in children has been drastically increasing over the years, and at Northwest Pediatric Dentistry, we educate our patients as best we can on proper oral hygiene.
There are many different things people can do to avoid cavities. First, however, it is important to understand what causes cavities!
Cavities are caused by the sugar-eating bacteria known as streptococcus mutans. This bacteria feeds off of sugar particles left in the mouth after food consumption. If not removed, the bacteria will eventually become a seditary form of plaque, often referred to as tartar and calculus. If a child's oral care is neglected, they may have severe dental issues in the future.
Although often thought otherwise, primary teeth are extremely important. As a child grows, their 20 primary teeth naturally fall out to make room for their 32 permanent teeth. The primary teeth, however, help to ensure that there will be enough room for the permanent teeth to come in. They also help to guide the permanent teeth once they have begun to emerge, this way they will grow strong and healthy!
How can you help to prevent cavities in your child?
To prevent your child from developing cavities the most important step is to teach them adequate oral hygiene techniques. To do this, it is important to teach your child the 2x2 rule: 2 times a day for 2 minutes each session. It is also important to ensure that your child is brushing properly and flossing once a day.
Limiting the amount of sugar consumed in your child's diet is another way that cavities can be prevented from occuring in the future. If your child does consume sugary foods and beverages, teach them to rinse their mouth out with water afterwards. This will help to remove some of the remaining particles.