How to Prevent Tooth Decay in Children

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Most parents would be terrified if their children had tooth decay, causing first visits to dentists.

Otherwise known as dental caries, tooth decay is the result of bacteria eating away the protective layer of a tooth surface. Today, I will share with you how to prevent tooth decay in children.

What causes tooth decay

This is my elder son’s lower molar that was extracted, because it was blocking a emerging tooth.

The main causes of tooth decay are high exposure to sugar (soda in sippy cups are disaster for the little teeth), and lack of proper or supervised cleaning and brushing. Over months, bacteria in the mouth feed on sugar, producing acid waste to erode a tooth. Soon cavity sets in, and your little child will open his mouth and tell you he has pain in his mouth.

Best ways to prevent tooth decay.

We have been told time and time again, eat less sweets and brush your teeth twice a day. These are good habits to have, so let me share 4 ways that you can do to prevent that tooth attack on your children.

  • Avoid sweets and sugary drinks.

It is hard to reject their sweet little faces when they ask for sweets and treats. Excess eating of sweets, chocolates and sugars without proper dental care, will cause damage to their milk tooth. Sugary drinks are easy choices but provide little or no nutrition, they should be replaced with water. Choose crunchy fresh fruits like apple and carrots which can help to scrub plaque from their teeth as they eat.

  • Teach your child to start brushing their teeth twice a day, once they wake up, and before they go to bed.

This will cut down the amount of sugars left behind and the bacteria that stays in the mouth. Every time they have a sugary treat, it is wise to ask them to rinse their mouth or simply to have a sip of water. Use soft bristles so as not to damage their gums. Supervise and personally brush for them once you see that they have stains on their teeth, as they may not have the skills to effectively clean them.

  • Visit the dentist

I know its daunting visiting the dentist. We as adults dread that annual dentist appointment, but we have to set a good example, and keep all our teeth in good conditions. If your chiild already attends school, likely they have a school dentist to follow up, otherwise, if your child has dental issues, its best to see a dentist straight away.

  • Share dental stories with your children.

Don’t we love reading stories to our children, and if you can read stories about taking care of teeth, they will be motivated to want to be like the role models in the stories. Dentist offices in schools are full of such story books. Borrow them to inspire your children, and you will find that it is so much easier to get them to look after their teeth.

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Tooth Decay Can Be Prevented

No child should deserve to suffer the pain and trauma of tooth decay that we have gone through. Tooth decay can lead to sleepless nights in children, and that can totally be prevented if these healthy habits are developed from young.

Just simply following the less sugar and proper brushing rules, your children will have healthier teeth and gums growing up.

Let me know if you take care of your children’s teeth and gums using the methods above.

READ > 4 Steps to Help Children Live Cavity Free Life 

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