07 Aug What causes tooth decay?
Cavities are preventable. It takes vigilance; and your dentist has many helpful options that can work with your own diligence to keep your mouth decay free for life.
Help From Your Dentist
Caring for teeth begins in infancy. We must rely on caregivers to do what is best to provide the optimum start in life for our oral health. Many parents don’t realize that they should take their child to the dentist for their first visit at age one. Regular visits will provide all the information and treatment options available to help defeat dental decay.
Two important aids that occur with regular dental visits include fluoride treatments to help fortify dental enamel; and dental sealants can be placed on the chewing surfaces of molar teeth where dental decay can be so pervasive.
Regular dental cleaning will remove plaque that has formed since your previous visit. Plaque build-up can lead to dental decay and gum disease.
Leading Causes of Tooth Decay
Negligence and diet choices are two of the main reasons decay develops. It takes time and diligence to develop great habits; children must rely on parents to help form those good choices. And since cavities seem more likely to occur in the underdeveloped teeth of children, this is an important time in cavity prevention.
Daily brushing and flossing – children require supervision; if these two acts are ingrained as children, it is likely they will carry over into adulthood. Use age appropriate toothpaste and toothbrush; once children have learned to spit toothpaste out, switch to a fluoridated paste or gel. Dental floss comes in a variety of styles and flavors – find one your child is most likely to use.
The foods and beverages consumed are very important for dental health. The daily mainstay should be made up of fruits, vegetables, dairy, protein, and healthy grains. Sugary treats and beverages should be reserved for special occasions. Soda and juice should be limited. Drink water for hydration. If you are going to drink soda or juice, drink with a meal and use a straw to allow as much beverage as possible to bypass teeth. Never put juice or soda in your child’s sippy cup or baby bottle.
Lead by example – do not use tobacco; eat a healthy diet; and make sure to visit our dentist, Dr. Lori Logan, every six months for cleaning and dental exam.