You want your child’s pearly whites to stay just that — pearly and white — forever. But the truth is, a child’s smile is at a higher risk of tooth decay than your own, and the majority of children will have had at least one cavity by the age of 12. What can you do to keep this from happening to your favorite little teeth? A lot. A children’s dentist in Framingham reminds parents that cavities are totally preventable, and shares instructions on how to keep them away, below.
A cavity (aka dental caries or tooth decay) is a hole or lesion that develops in the tooth enamel. It may occur when sugars and bacteria from what we eat and drink are not thoroughly removed from the surface of the tooth throughout the day. Tooth decay is especially common in young children because their tooth enamel has yet to harden, making it more vulnerable to the acids and sugars that kids love to consume. Combine a child’s sweet tooth with shaky dental hygiene practices, and that can spell trouble for their growing smile.
There are some steps you can take to help make sure your child’s smile stays healthy and protected from tooth decay during the vulnerable childhood years.
To prevent early cavities from forming, try:
Dr. Mark Fried is a general dentist offering dental care for patients of all ages, including children, from the comfort of his Framingham practice. He reminds you that a parent plays a key role in the proper development of their child’s smile. To learn more about tooth decay prevention or to schedule a checkup and cleaning for your little one, you are invited to contact the office at 508-872-9339.