The connection between cavities and sugar in your child’s diet is well known. Bacteria thrive on sugar and create acid as a byproduct. It is the acid that results from this process that causes cavities.
Most tooth decay is blamed on the strain of bacteria called Streptococcus mutans. However, a recent study published in Science Daily states that a type of yeast called Candida albicans may also contribute to childhood caries. While the authors of the study are hopeful about a new therapeutic approach to address the action of Candida albicans, it may be a while before it is available to our patients.
But the team at our children’s dentistry office in Tucson, AZ has plenty of tips for keeping your child’s teeth healthy in the meantime. Here are three to get you started:
Establish a Routine of Early Childhood Appointments
Your child’s first dental visit should take place when they have all their baby teeth, but no later than their first birthday. Even though these teeth will be lost, there’s still a lot we can do to protect and keep them healthy until they are ready to come out naturally. For example, we may find that your child will benefit from a fluoride application to strengthen and protect your child’s teeth.
Make Sure Your Kids Enjoy a Healthy Diet
Stay away from sweetened drinks and treats and opt instead for healthy, nutritious foods like lots of fruits and vegetables. Healthy eating now will ensure that your child enjoys good oral health long into adulthood.
Monitor Your Child’s Oral Hygiene
Children don’t have the motor skills to properly brush their teeth until they are about six years old. Until baby teeth start emerging, you can wipe down your child’s gums with a moist gauze pad. As soon as baby teeth erupt, you can use a children’s toothbrush and a minute amount of fluoride toothpaste to brush their teeth twice a day. As your child develops, you can introduce them to brushing with your assistance.
Please Call Us
If you have any questions or need guidance in managing your child’s oral health care, please don’t hesitate to call the children’s dentistry office in Tucson, AZ!