Prevent Tooth Decay in Children
Did you know that tooth decay can be stopped or even reversed in young children? Dr. Baldwin of Point Pleasant Dentistry For Children believes that proactive measures can be the key to preventing major dental work for children. Children suffering from early tooth decay have the ability to stop future damage and even reverse current damage with early detection and the development of good oral hygiene habits.
When it comes to foods that should be avoided or consumed sparingly, Dr. Baldwin says that most are favorites among children. Juices loaded with sugar, for example, or foods that stick to teeth like fruit snacks or fruit roll-ups can produce bacteria in a child’s mouth. Putting children to bed with a bottle, a common bed-time ritual, can also cause damage to the teeth according to Dr. Baldwin. When the teeth are covered in the acids from the milk or juice through the night, this can lead to the development of bacteria in the mouth and eventually cause decay or cavities.
Giving children cheese after meals or rinsing teeth with water can prevent problems like these from occurring. Older children can chew sugar free gum to neutralize the acids in the mouth and remove excess food that may be stuck.
Awareness is imperative to preventing and reversing tooth decay in children. Help your child by looking for signs of plaque build-up, make sure they brush at least twice a day, and take them to get regular cleanings and dental check-ups from a pediatric dentist.
NJ pediatric dentist Dr. Diane Baldwin can help create an oral health plan for your child. Dr. Baldwin offers routine exams, pulpotomy (baby root canal), stainless steel crowns, fillings and restorations, extractions, cleanings, X-rays, fluoride treatments, consultations and second opinions.