When a parent is told that their child has a cavity, one of the most common points of confusion is when their child isn’t one that is prone to eating candy. In fact, many parents believe they children won’t have cavities at all since they don’t let their children eat much candy. Unfortunately, this misconception probably does more harm than good, because it’s many of the other types of foods as well as habits that can predispose a child to getting cavities.
Your child should brush their teeth at least twice a day for two minutes. If they are not able to tie their own shoe, help them brush during at least one of these times (preferably before bed) to make sure their teeth are completely clean.
Liquids are one of the biggest factors when it comes to what your child eats or drinks. Even “healthy” drinks like milk, juice, or sports drinks contain natural or artificial sweeteners in them. These create acid inside of their mouth, causing erosion of enamel in areas that are difficult to keep clean. Most cavities caused by diet are on the chewing surfaces or between the teeth.
Depending on what kind of water your child drinks, where he or she is growing up, and genetic factors, some children may develop weaker enamel than others. Applying a professional strength fluoride gel at dental appointments can help strengthen enamel and help it resist becoming demineralized to the point of causing cavities. In fact, fluoride can even help reverse decay in its earliest phases.
Take your child to your pediatric dentist for their dental check-up at least twice each year! If your child is already 1 or has their first tooth, it’s time to schedule their first dental care appointment.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Michael Mansouri, Marietta Family Dental Care, P.C.
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