Preventing tooth decay in toddlers can help them later in life. Did you know that it’s estimated that by age four almost 25% of children have, or have had, a cavity? Bacteria that live in your mouth feed off the sugar and eat the enamel off the teeth. We see this most often in people who have poor brushing habits and in those who have high sugar diets.
We see tooth decay in toddlers because they have a brushing correctly one their own. We also mentioned diet. A lot of toddlers are picky eaters and these self-imposed dietary restrictions can create a limited diet full of starchy, sugary foods. So, how can you prevent early childhood tooth decay?
- As soon as your child’s first tooth comes in, it is important to schedule a dentist appointment..
- When your child is an infant, clean their mouth by using a soft cloth to wipe their gums.
- Baby bottle tooth decay is a very real thing. Never let your baby or toddler go to bed with a bottle, a sippy cup of juice, or milk. The sugars found in those drinks will cause cavities.
- Help your child brush their teeth. Children are often uncoordinated and have a hard time reaching places.
As a parent, you’re laying the groundwork for your child’s oral hygiene habits for the rest of their life. Establishing good oral health habits at an early age will prevent tooth decay in their baby teeth and the habits your child learns will stick with them throughout their life. If you think your child might have a cavity, be sure to schedule an appointment with us today!