Bottled Water and Cavities- The Facts
Dr. Diane Baldwin, a Monmouth County pediatric dentist, confirms that drinking bottled water will not cause tooth decay in children.
Many adults may think that bottled water, which contains no fluoride, may actually cause children to get cavities. However, that has been found without merit. Dr. Diane Baldwin of Point Pleasant Dentistry cites the fact that too much fluoride, or chronic overexposure from fluoridated water, can actually cause problems with tooth development.
“Fluoride is very important and that it’s proper use can greatly decrease cavities, explains Dr. Baldwin. “Parents should consult with their water company for fluoride content, and with their pediatric dentist for information regarding fluoride use in toothpaste, bottled water, and supplements.
Sugary Drinks Likely Cause of Cavities- Monmouth County Pediatric Dentist Says
Dr. Baldwin feels that the most likely cause of the rise in cavities in young children may not be fluoride levels but rather the over-consumption of sugary drinks and sweets. When sugars and acids from drinks and food remain on teeth, bacteria develop and tooth decay ensues.
The best way to prevent tooth decay and cavities in children is with proper brushing and flossing and regular trips to the dentist. Young children can be given cheese or water to rinse the acids from milk or juice off their teeth and should never be put to bed with a bottle. Older children can chew sugar free gum after meals to prevent bacteria growth.
In addition to regular dentist visits, Dr. Diane Baldwin believes parental involvement in their child’s oral hygiene routine is imperative. Parents should recognize signs of tooth decay as well ensure children are brushing properly and not consuming too many beverages or foods high in sugar.
Monmouth County 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.