According to a recent dental report, nearly 28 percent of toddlers ages 2 to 5 have experienced some form of tooth decay. In fact, tooth decay has become the most common illness in children in the United States.
What is toddler tooth decay and what are some ways in which parents can help prevent it?
When you toddler’s first tooth begins to develop around six months old, he or she should develop healthy brushing and oral care habits.
Here are several causes of tooth decay in toddlers:
The biggest cause of tooth decay, or childhood cavities, is known as “baby bottle tooth decay.” This occurs when children fall asleep with a bottle or sippy cup filled with milk or juice.
There are several ways to prevent toddler tooth decay, even before their first dental visit.
Here are some basic habits to incorporate into your toddler’s daily oral health routine:
Tooth decay in toddlers should be treated as it would for adults. If your child’s primary teeth decay, it could infect the gums and prevent his or her permanent teeth from growing. In severe cases of decay, tooth extraction is necessary.
Consult your family doctor or an emergency clinic if pain persists.
At Kool Smiles, our professional, family-friendly staff works hard to ensure your child receives quality dental care. Proudly serving across over 120 locations across the U.S., it is our passion to make dental care available to every child in need.
We accept most forms of insurance including Medicaid, TRICARE, and SCHIP as well as other payment plans based on your budget. Expect quality, convenience, and care at every Kool Smiles location.
Don’t let tooth decay get the best of your toddler. Call us or find a location near you to schedule an appointment today.
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: nidcr.nih.gov/DataStatistics/FindDataByTopic/DentalCaries/DentalCariesChildren2to11.htm?_ga=1.163460220.1770090913.1479320752
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