Why Kids Get Cavities

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012, 5:40 pm

There are lots of  old wives tales floating around about why kids get cavities. Lets talk about what science has taught us about tooth decay instead.

1.  My family just has soft teeth.

Tooth decay is caused by bacteria not by soft teeth. Babies aren’t born with this bacteria it is usually passed by the parents during the first year of life. Women who have lots of cavities or fillings are at greatest risk of spreading this bacteria to their babies.

2.  Baby teeth are just going to fall out anyway so kids don’t need to visit the dentist.

We only get two sets of teeth and while the first set is only temporary it is still vitally important. Healthy teeth enable your child to take in nourishing food and are an important part of learning speech. If you have ever experienced a toothache you know that you wouldn’t want your child to experience that pain if it could be avoided. Children should begin visiting the dentist after they have gotten their first tooth or by their first birthday. This does two things, the child becomes used to visiting the dentist and we can make sure that tooth development is on the correct track.

3.  Cavities just happen and there is nothing we can do to stop them.

Prevention has been the focus of dentistry for many years. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing and regular dental cleanings help teeth and gums stay healthy. Sealants can be placed on teeth to protect against tooth decay on the biting surfaces. With regular dental visits for children we can spot small problems and repair them before they become big, expensive cavities. If your drinking water is not fluoridated then talk to your pediatrician or dentist about adding fluoride drops to strengthen developing teeth.

Help your child achieve a lifetime of good oral health. Don’t put baby to bed with a bottle containing anything but water. Wipe baby teeth clean after feedings. Help little ones floss and brush correctly. Don’t allow free-range snacking. Save sweet treats for dessert, if eaten directly following a meal they are less damaging.

Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA at 706-886-9439 today to schedule a dental visit for your child. We are a full service dental office providing general dentistry, orthodontics and preventative care for your entire family.



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