Six Ways to Prevent Cavities in Kids

kidsdentalWith the new year just beginning and Halloween and Christmas behind us, this is a good time to establish some resolutions for ensuring good dental health for your children in 2014 and beyond.

Did you know that, according to the Center for Disease Control, about 28 percent of children ages 2 through 5 have at least one dental cavity, compared to 24 percent a decade ago? While 4 percent may not seem like a lot, that increase represents thousands and thousands of children and cavities—and a trend in the opposite direction of the last 40 years, when tooth decay was on a gradual decline.

So here are some easy things you can do to reduce the risk of cavities in your children’s teeth:

Avoid giving your baby juice or formula at night. The sugar in juice and formula causes the bacteria in the mouth to produce the acids that cause baby bottle tooth decay. Use fluoridated water instead.

Choose low-fat foods from the basic food groups. Raw fruits and vegetables, nuts, whole-grain breads and low-fat dairy products are great for your child’s overall health and their dental health!

If you must, give sweets only as a dessert. If your child must have sweets, limit it to dessert or following a main meal. Late-night snacking and frequent snacking are a major culprit of cavities in children.

Invest in a water filter. Instead of spending extra on bottled water, invest in a filter for your sink, or a filtered water pitcher. Fluoridated tap water is an excellent resource to help the battle between children and cavities.

Don’t share cups or utensils. Cavities are contagious. So if you have them, you can pass them onto your child by sharing cups and utensils.

If you smoke, stop. The University of Rochester’s Strong Children’s Research Center has discovered a link between smoking, children and cavities. Results from a study show that children of parents who smoke are more likely to develop cavities.

If you are looking for a dentist in the Troy and Birmingham area who utilizes the latest dental techniques and technology, be sure to check out Dr. Douglas Angell. Angell’s Dentistry is committed to providing each of our patients with a beautiful, healthy smile and unmatched dental care. Give our office a call at (248) 362-4330 and be sure to visit our website at: www.angellsdentistry.com.

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