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Everything You Need To Know About Tooth Decay In Children

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Tooth decay is a serious problem. It is now ranked as the number one chronic childhood illness in North America. The statistics cannot be denied. An estimated 57% of children between the ages of six and eleven have experienced some level of tooth decay... with that number rising to 59% in adolescence. If that wasn’t enough, over 2.2 million school days are missed each and every year because of dental visits and tooth pain. There is no denying the severity of tooth decay in children. What are the effects? And what can you do to prevent it from happening? Here is everything you need to know.

So, just what is tooth decay? When bacteria is present it creates acids that begin to decay the tooth. This can lead to holes, which are more commonly referred to as cavities. If untreated, this decay can lead to severe pain, infections, and in some cases, the loss of the tooth. Pain related to tooth decay can cause children to have difficulty speaking and eating. It doesn’t end there. Tooth decay can also impact overall health as well as their mental and physical development. Not to mention the fact that untreated tooth decay can increase the risk of bacterial infections and emergency dental surgery.

Despite the seriousness of tooth decay, it remains a common problem. In fact, children dentists take care of countless issues each and every year. It affects a staggering 60-90% of schoolchildren. This makes it especially important for parents to focus on prevention and early detection. Why is early detection a must? The earlier tooth decay is spotted...the easier (and less painful) it will be to treat. The solution is to schedule regular appointments with pediatric or children dentists. These check ups will ensure that your child’s teeth are strong and free from potential issues.

There are many ways to prevent tooth decay from occurring. Where to begin? Give your child water to drink in between meals. Often parents give juices or sugary drinks instead. Those sugars can cause tooth decay if brushing does not occur immediately afterward. So, stick to water wherever possible. You can also prevent dental issues by leaving bottles or sippy cups with juice in them away from the crib. The juice can pool inside of a child’s mouth and cause dental carries to occur. Other preventative measures include establishing proper dental routines at home. Show them how to brush and floss properly - and make sure they are doing it on a regular basis. You can also get creative. Come up with a reward chart for brushing their teeth. When they do it every day for an entire week without being asked, give them a smiley face sticker or read a chapter from their favourite book.

There is no denying the seriousness of tooth decay. It can affect the health and comfort of both children and adults. To prevent it from happening, give your child water, establish positive dental routines, and set up a reward system. Avoid the statistics and make dental care a priority in your home.

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