As a parent, you do everything you possibly can to keep your children healthy. In order to do that, you have to help them to prevent pediatric dental decay and childhood cavities. Taking your children to a highly qualified Coney Island dentist like ours at A Plus Dental, PC on a regular basis will help to achieve your goal.
Tooth decay is a very common dental health problem not only among adults, but children as well. Approximately forty-two percent of children between the two and eleven years old have develop a cavity in their baby (or primary) teeth. One of the most common reasons young children develop tooth decay is because of insufficient dental care. A good daily oral health regimen plays a huge role. Therefore, it’s very important to not only take your child to their Coney Island dentist office for regular cleanings and checkups, but also to follow the oral hygiene instructions you get from the dentist and hygienist at A Plus Dental, PC as well. There are reasons for pediatric tooth decay and are other things you can do to help prevent young children from getting cavities aside from regular dental appointments. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, one very reason toddlers get tooth decay is drinking from a bottle just before their naptime and/or bedtime. This is referred to as “bottle tooth decay”. The milk or juice from your child’s bottle or sippy cup can remain in her mouth overnight which creates the ideal environment for bacteria to grow. This is why you shouldn’t allow your child to go to bed with a bottle. Additionally, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children drink milk or beverages that are high in sugar quickly instead of sipping them slowly over a long period of time. Unhealthy eating habits also play a part in the development of tooth decay. Also it’s best to avoid feeding your child sugary foods.
To learn more about preventing tooth decay, you should consult with our expert Coney Island dentist. Contact our office to schedule your appointment today.