Cotton candies, butter cookies, orange jellies, strawberry jams, chocolate syrups, sugar dumplings, Chocó chips and more! Imagine growing up without these sugar delights. Your childhood would have been so poignant and dull if you surrendered to those warnings. And if you have reared your sweet tooth since then without proper dental care it is likely that you’re in poor dental health now.
Today’s scenario is no different in fact it has worsen. Tooth decay in children can begin when they are less than even 1 year old.
What is meant by tooth decay?
Tooth decay refers to structural tooth damage. After a meal if you’re left with tiny food particles stuck between your teeth for a long time they become plaque and begin to release certain acids. These acids gradually eat up the tooth surface creating recess or cavities.
What causes tooth decay in children?
- Tooth decay in infants and toddlers may be passed on from the Mom, through her saliva if she has the bacteria causing cavity in her mouth. If she happens to use the baby’s feeding spoon and returns it to the child the transmission of bacteria can give rise to tooth decay often called the baby bottle tooth decay.
- If your child is often exposed to sweetened foods, for prolonged periods like formula, sweetened syrups, juices, etc the baby teeth begin to decay.
- Moreover children who are exposed to aerated drinks are prone to tooth decay and additionally they run the risk of developing serious ailments like diabetes and osteoporosis later in life.
What are the signs of tooth decay in children?
The earliest signs of tooth decay in children is noticed when the incisors (the top set) wear a dull white look with tiny brown spots. The gums may swell up giving making the area look bright red.
If left untreated the areas of tooth decay may become black. Once the cavity becomes noticeably wide enough tooth ache occurs with many of them beginning to take heed only then.
How to care for your child’s teeth?
- Take your loving one to a dentist annually.
- Each time your child eats sweets or sugary drinks tell him to rinse his mouth immediately. This will prevent build up of food matter that can form plaque.
- Ensure your child brushes his teeth twice a day, before and after bed.
- Promote the right way of brushing the teeth for a minimum of 2 min each time your child brushes.
- Teach your child to not rinse water immediately after spitting out the toothpaste as this decreases the effect of fluoride.
- Follow the advice of your dentist to protect your child’s teeth using fluoride supplements if needed.
- Ensure you give your child the right angular tooth brush. Replace it every 3 months.
- Teach your child to keep the tooth brush covered with a cap when not in use. This will ensure there is no build up of germs that can potentially be passed on to the teeth while brushing.
SPARE the care and SPOIL your child!