Why Cavities in Toddlers are More Serious Than You Think

A parent has many things to consider when it comes to the health of their toddler, but cavities are often overlooked.

Cavities are caused by tooth decay, which is one of the most common childhood health problems. In fact, 42 percent of children develop cavities in their baby teeth and 21 percent of kids under age 11 get cavities in their permanent teeth.

What Causes Cavities in Toddlers?

One of the most common ways infants and toddlers develop cavities is from bottles, nursing, and sippy cups. Although these are all meant to provide nutrition for children, the sugar can have a lasting effect on their teeth.

Children that fall asleep while nursing or with a bottle in their mouths are at a greater risk of tooth decay because of the sugar that is coming into contact with their teeth over a long period of time.

How do Cavities Affect Toddlers?

Bacteria from a cavity can enter the toddler’s nerve system and cause an abscessed tooth, a painful reaction at the root of the tooth. Bacteria can then enter the bloodstream and in rare cases, can have severe health effects.

Prevention Tips for Cavities

Properly caring for your children’s teeth is the first step in helping toddlers avoid cavities. Here are some tips to help prevent cavities in your toddler:

  • Parents should not allow their young ones to fall asleep while nursing or with a bottle.
  • Children should only be allowed to carry around sippy cups filled with water instead of sugary juice.
  • Parents should brush their children’s teeth twice a day and begin flossing their teeth once they have teeth that touch each other.

When Should I Take My Child to the Dentist?

Children should be taken to a dentist around their first birthday, or about six months after their first tooth comes in. Taking your child to a dentist can help your toddler stay clear of cavities and have a set of clean, healthy teeth.

Schedule an Appointment at Kool Smiles Today

Check to see if there’s a Kool Smiles location near you. We would be happy to treat your toddler’s cavities. Stop by one of our locations, or give us a call to schedule an appointment today.

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Sources:

USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/03/02/cavities-children-teeth/5561911/

MedicineNet.com: http://www.medicinenet.com/abscessed_tooth_guide/article.htm#what_is_an_abscessed_tooth