Even though baby teeth fall out, it is still important to treat cavities in baby teeth like molars. Without treatment, cavities in baby teeth can cause lasting problems.
Preventing tooth decay and protecting against pain is important. Keep reading to learn why kids should visit the dentist at an early age.
Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease in America. More than a quarter of preschoolers have cavities, and they can begin as early as six months old. Just like in an adult molar tooth, cavities in baby teeth can be painful.
There are several ways parents can help their children avoid a toothache.
Tooth decay is caused by bacteria that is found in everyone’s mouths. The bacteria uses sugar to make acid, making cavities in teeth. There are two main ways to help prevent cavities in baby teeth—eliminating sugar and proper cleaning.
Parents should limit the amount of soda, candy, sweets, and other sugar their children eat. This is one way to prevent acid from forming.
Brushing is another important part of keeping teeth healthy. Use a small kid’s toothbrush with a pea-sized amount of tooth paste for toddlers. Parents should help children brush at first to make sure they do a good job, then allow the child to take over brushing.
Dentists recommend brushing children’s teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
Children should first visit the dentist as soon as they get their first baby teeth, usually around the time they’re one. Choosing a dental clinic designed for kids, like Kool Smiles, will help kids feel more at home. Regular dental cleanings are very important in preventing cavities in baby teeth.
If your child already has cavities in his or her baby teeth, a filling may be necessary. Children have 20 molars, incisors, and canine teeth, and having a mouth full of cavities can cause so much pain that eating can be difficult. Having mouth pain can also affect children who are learning to talk.
The friendly dentists at Kool Smiles have years of experience treating children. Our offices are kid-friendly, with bright colors, lots of space, and indoor playgrounds in select offices.
Kool Smiles is also affordable. We accept almost every form of dental insurance, including Medicaid, state sponsored health insurance plans (SCHIP), and TRICARE. For those who do not have insurance, we accept CareCredit, a type of medical credit card that allows parents to make payments.
Call Kool Smiles today to remove cavities in your child’s baby teeth molars.
My Children’s Teeth: mychildrensteeth.org/assets/2/7/ECCstats.pdf
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