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Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards, DDS

Tooth Decay Is the Most Chronic Childhood Disease: Why You Need to Take It Seriously

February 28, 2018
Posted By: Dr. Kenneth Edwards
amherst nh dentist

There are plenty of things for parents to worry about when it comes to the health of their young children. So when cavities crop up in baby teeth, many parents aren’t too concerned since those baby teeth will eventually be replaced by permanent teeth.

But tooth decay is considered a chronic childhood disease; in fact, it is the most common one. Read on for more information. Then talk to your children’s dentist in Amherst, NH to find out what makes this such a serious problem.

The Stats

Nearly have of all children in this country develop cavities in their baby teeth. Almost a quarter of kids under the age of 11 develop cavities in their permanent teeth.

The Causes

Children who drink sugary liquids from bottles and sippy cups from an early age are more likely to develop cavities. Kids who fall asleep while nursing or drinking from a bottle are also more prone to cavity-causing decay. This is because the sugar from beverages—including breast milk—stay in contact with the teeth for an extended period.

The Effects

In rare but possible instances, bacteria from a cavity can cause an abscessed tooth. This makes it possible for bacteria to get into the bloodstream, causing severe health problems.

Cavities in Kids—The Prevention Tips

Just as it’s essential for adults to take good care of their teeth, the same is true for a toddler’s teeth—even those they will eventually lose. Here are some recommendations:

  • Put water in sippy cups rather than juice—especially if your child enjoys carrying one around.
  • Don’t let kids fall asleep while feeding, either at the breast or with a bottle.
  • Take good care of your children’s teeth by brushing and flossing for them until they have the dexterity to do it themselves.
  • Take your child to the dentist regularly as soon as that first tooth erupts. This is usually around the age of one.

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