What about preventative care?
Tooth decay and children no longer have to go hand in hand. At our office we are most concerned with all aspects of preventive care. We use the latest in dental sealant technology to protect your child’s teeth. Dental sealants are space-age plastics that are bonded to the chewing surfaces of decay-prone back teeth. This is just one of the ways we will set the foundation for your child’s lifetime of good oral health.
Most of the time cavities are due to a diet high in sugary foods and a lack
of brushing. We know most children really like sweet foods and treats, but
limiting sugar intake and brushing regularly can help a lot in the long run.
The longer it takes your child to chew their food and the longer the residue
stays on their teeth, the greater the chances of getting cavities. Every time
someone eats, an acid reaction occurs inside their mouth as the bacteria
digests the sugars. This reaction lasts approximately 20 minutes. During
this time the acid environment can destroy the tooth structure, eventually
leading to cavities.
Tips for cavity prevention
Encourage brushing, flossing and rinsing.
Limit frequency of meals and snacks.
Watch what your child drinks.
Avoid giving your child sticky foods.
Make treats part of meals.
Choose nutritious snacks.
The first baby teeth that come into the mouth are the two bottom front teeth. You will notice this when your baby is about 6-8 months old. Next to follow will be the 4 upper front teeth and the remainder of your baby’s teeth will appear periodically. They will usually appear in pairs along the sides of the jaw until the child is about 2 1/2 years old.
At around 2 1/2 years old your child should have all 20 teeth. Between the ages of 5 and 6 the first permanent teeth will begin to erupt. Some of the permanent teeth replace baby teeth and some don’t. Don’t worry if some teeth are a few months early or late as all children are different.
Baby teeth are important as they not only hold space for permanent teeth but they are important to chewing, biting, speech and appearance. For this reason it is important to maintain a healthy diet and daily hygiene.