As early as their first tooth, it is important to think about protecting your child’s teeth. Young children should begin receiving routine dental exams and cleanings by the age of three. During childhood, prevention is key. Creating a healthy oral care routine early helps to ensure that they stick with the routine as they get older. Brushing and flossing twice a day is a habit that if learned early in life will become easier to maintain. Tooth decay is the most chronic condition afflicting children and it can be prevented. Along with a good cleaning routine and regular visits to the dentist, there are other preventative measures to be taken.
Mindfulness about sugar
According to the American Heart Association, children’s recommended intake of sugar is less than 25 grams. That roughly equals six teaspoons of added sugar. Think about the snacks and drinks that you and your children consume; they may contain more than the recommended intake of added sugar. When sugar interacts with the bacteria in the mouth, it turns into acid. The acid eats away at the tooth’s enamel causing cavities. The less sugar we consume, the less erosive acid we introduce into our mouth. A good practice is to follow a sugary snack or drink with plenty of water. The water will help to rinse away the harmful bacteria and acid. The water will also activate the saliva in the mouth to continue to rinse away any harmful leftovers.
Fluoride treatments and sealants
Fluoride can help remineralize or introduce minerals back into the enamel of the teeth, ultimately strengthening the enamel. The stronger the enamel, the less susceptible it is to erosion. Using a fluoridated toothpaste is helpful. Your dentist may also treat your children’s teeth with a fluoride treatment. Another protection that your dentist may be able to provide is dental sealants. Sealants are a thin layer of protective material that cover the tooth’s enamel. Sealants can help harmful debris from sticking to the teeth and help prevent cavity-causing erosion.
Dr. Bonura can help protect your children’s smiles
As a true family dentist, Dr. Caytlyn Bonura offers care for young children to teens, and adults of all ages. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Bonura, call Silver Smiles in Silver City, NM, at (575) 534-3699. We also proudly welcome patients from Lordsburg, Bayard, Deming, and all surrounding communities.