The most common dental problem among preschoolers is tooth decay. Unfortunately, many parents assume that cavities in baby teeth don’t matter since they’ll fall out anyway. However, that is not the case. Decay in baby teeth negatively affects the development of permanent teeth. Besides, neglecting tooth decay is never a good idea for it can lead to a number of future dental complications.
Village Dental understands the struggles of parents in keeping their child’s teeth healthy. For that reason, we have prepared a few tips that might aid parents in protecting the teeth of their little ones.
Teaching children good habits is the best way to protect their teeth. Proper coaching will make them quickly adapt to good oral hygiene practices. Although they are enthusiastic about it, they don’t have adequate control to brush their teeth that well yet. That said, young children should be supervised when brushing to remove all the plaque that causes tooth decay effectively. Brown or white spots must also be checked because these may be signs of early decay.
Aside from the right oral care products and practices, a child’s diet plays an essential role in the state of their dental health. Sugar is the biggest villain that causes tooth decay. The longer and more frequent the teeth are exposed to sugar, the higher the risk for cavities. Sticky and sugary foods that children love to eat such as caramel, toffee, gum, and dried fruit should be limited since these can lead to severe damage because they tend to stay in the mouth longer. If consumed, children should brush their teeth afterward.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommend that all children must be taken to a pediatric dentist and establish a “dental home” by the age of one. We at Village Dental supports this that is why our pediatric dentist will make sure that their teeth are developing normally and that no complications are on the rise. Some tips about proper oral hygiene will be shared as well. At our practice, we may even apply a topical fluoride solution to children’s teeth for extra protection against cavities.
Protect your child’s teeth from cavities and other dental problems. Here at Village Dental, we are dedicated to providing Pediatric Dentistry service in Elk Grove Village, IL, to benefit your child. Book your appointment with us at 958 Elk Grove Town Center, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. Call us to get started!