Did you know that the number one childhood disease is dental caries? Dental caries, aka cavities, remain the most common chronic disease of children aged 6 to 19 years. 9 out of 10 individuals over the age of 20 have had a cavity. Your children’s health is a number one priority and it is vitally important that they are exposed to pediatric dentistry.
Children tend to have diets higher in sugar and carbohydrates- a combination that produces a highly acidic oral environment which causes cavities to quickly form. A tooth can demineralize in as little as FOUR hours. Pediatric dentistry is absolutely vital for a healthy mouth and the overall health of your child. There are several things you can do to reduce your children’s chance of developing tooth decay.
Candy, sweets and anything especially sticky or sour are especially detrimental to primary enamel. Even natural sugars like fruit juices or dried fruit can cause cavities
Develop a strict oral homecare routine-
Brush and floss EVERY day! You should help your children brush until they are about 7-8 years old and have the sensory awareness to truly tell if they removed all of the plaque from their teeth. Brush for at least 2 minutes, 2 times a day. Make sure they do not eat or drink anything except water after brushing before bed.
Regular Dental Check-Ups-
Regular dental visits are required a minimum of twice a year or every 6 months. Your child will have their teeth professionally cleaned, they will have x-rays to help diagnose potential cavities, and they will receive a dental exam to determine if they do have cavities. The sooner cavities are diagnosed, the smaller they will be and therefore they will be able to be treated with a smaller restoration.
Sealants can prevent cavities from forming in the grooves of back teeth that otherwise seem inevitable. Ask your dentist to place sealants as soon as possible to have the best chance at avoiding dental caries.
Systemic fluoride such as in city water is very important during the development of teeth. Even after the teeth are done forming, topical fluoride applications are imperative to help prevent cavities. The prescription strength topical fluoride is painted on in a varnish form and absorbs into the teeth’s surfaces making them stronger and more resistant to decay. Also make sure your children are using fluoridated toothpaste as soon as they can spit it out.
Read more from the CDC about the risks of tooth decay and dental caries here.
Family dentists and pediatric dentists are both capable treating children and adolescents. Adams and Cheek is a family dentist located in Raleigh, NC. We see children as young as 2-3 years old for their first dental visits. We insure that your child’s first impression of pediatric dentistry is a positive one. We have a comfortable office outfitted with jellyfish tanks, tropical fish, and of course a treasure box!
School is out and the sun is hot! Summer time is a great time to get your kids in for a dental visit. We ensure that their introduction into pediatric dentistry will be a great one! Call us today at (919)866-1360 or click here to schedule an appointment online!