How To Care For Your Child’s Teeth, Including Baby Teeth
Most parents aren’t aware that tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children. Tooth decay affects about 25% of U.S. children ages 6 to 11, in fact less than 2% of 1 year olds have visited the dentist.
What Is Tooth Decay?
Tooth decay is the destruction of the enamel, which can affect people young and old. The most common type of tooth decay in young children is called “baby bottle tooth decay.”
Tooth decay can be caused by many different things, including sugary drinks and snacks. Included in this is sweetened fruit juices. If you give your child a sippy cup for long periods of time, fill it only with water and it’s not recommended you allow your child to take it to bed. If your child is already eating solid foods, be sure to limit the amount of sugary or starchy snacks.
When To Visit The Dentist?
So when is the best time to bring your child to the dentist for the first time? Check back next week and we’ll discuss that question along with how to protect your child’s oral health at home.
If you live in the Englewood Colorado area and would like to set up an appointment at our office, give us a call today! 303-781-0624 We would love to hear from you!