Cavities are no fun for anyone – child or parent – so it’s important to understand what causes them so that you can do what you need to do for your child to prevent them from forming.
There are two main types of cavities – those that form on the surface of the teeth, and those that form below the surface. The former is called “enamel cavities”, while the latter is called “root cavities”.
These foods include things like milk, soda, candy, fruit juices, cereals, bread, and even other foods you might not suspect can cause cavities, like raisins. The bacteria that naturally live in the mouth change these foods into acids.
The combination of bacteria, acids, food particles, and saliva forms a substance we all know as plaque, which teeth. Over time, the acids made by the bacteria can erode tooth enamel, causing cavities to form. The best way to prevent cavities is to practice good dental hygiene, including brushing and flossing regularly and to eat a healthy diet.
Though decay doesn’t look exactly the same in every mouth, there are ways to detect it.
These days, cavities don’t have to be a rite of passage for children. There’s plenty you can do from the start to spare your child the pain associated with cavities.
Remember, your baby can see a pediatric dentist as soon as a tooth appears. He/she can help you understand how to care for your baby’s teeth and how to avoid habits that cause cavities. As your little one grows, schedule regular appointments for care so that your child gets to know their dentist.
A good relationship between dentist and patient helps seal the bonds of trust and your child will be more likely to do what’s necessary to keep their mouth healthy.
Most parents don’t think about taking their children to see a dentist until they are much older. However, it’s important to take your child to see a pediatric dentist as soon as their first tooth comes in. A pediatric dentist can help you understand how to care for your baby’s teeth and how to avoid habits that cause cavities. As your little one grows, schedule regular appointments for care so that your child gets to know their dentist.