Have you ever thought that tooth decay comes with age? In fact, your teeth may become more susceptible to cavities as you age. However, did you know that teeth are never immune to tooth decay, regardless of your age? Even young children can suffer from tooth decay. Here are a few simple things you can do to help keep your child’s teeth healthy and strong.
In reality, many infants have tooth decay, mainly due to baby bottle decay. If you give your children a bottle to sleep—particularly one filled with milk or another sugary drink—they’ll be more likely to have tooth decay. You see, if your child sleeps with a bottle, liquid could pool in their mouth, meaning their teeth will stay in contact with sugar longer. This can leave your child more vulnerable to decay. If your child needs a bottle to sleep, you could try filling their bottle with water.
There are other things you could consider doing to protect your child’s teeth. For instance, you should avoid sharing utensils. This is because bacteria can be transferred from parent to child and accelerate decay. And please remember to brush your child’s teeth, or wipe their gums if their teeth haven’t come in.
Finally, please remember to visit our team once every six months after your child’s first tooth erupts. Our dentist, Dr. Kimberly Fee, is trained to recognize the signs of tooth decay and other issues, and can help you address potential issues before they become serious.
Would you like to learn more about the care you can receive from our team, please don’t hesitate to contact Kimberly W. Fee DMD at 928-778-7410. We’ll be happy to examine your child’s smile and offer you advice on keeping your child’s teeth healthy and strong. We look forward to hearing from you soon.