If your child has even just one tooth, it’s time to start bringing him or her to the dentist. It turns out that your toddler might be at a higher risk for dental caries than you might have thought.
A study on cavities in kids points to a new reason why children are so susceptible to tooth decay. Science Daily is reporting that a fungus—namely, yeast—could be one of the reasons toddlers are developing cavities at alarming rates. Young children who eat and drink a lot of sugar are particularly at risk because the sugar feeds the yeast, accelerating the cavity formation process.
The statistics are startling: The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that nearly half of all children younger than age 12 already have cavities and a quarter of youngsters have a cavity in their permanent teeth.
Don’t put off a visit to the children’s dentist in Amherst, NH. Call Dr. Kenneth Edwards today to make an appointment for your child!
Keeping Your Child’s Mouth Healthy
Good oral care habits start early, and that includes bringing your child to the dentist twice a year for examinations and cleanings as soon as those first teeth erupt. Going to the dentist regularly as a child sets the course for staying current with visits as an adult.
Be sure to brush and floss your child’s teeth until they have the dexterity to do it themselves—and do a good job at it. Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride. Your dentist might also recommend fluoride treatments or sealant application to help protect teeth from cavities.
Make an Appointment with Your Amherst NH Childrens Dentist
With the latest news on cavities in children, it’s important that you do not put off that first dental appointment for your children. We look forward to seeing you!