Waltham Dentist Discusses the Rise in Childhood Dental Decay
As a Waltham dentist, Dr. Cummings is concerned with the increasing number of school children with dental decay. Did you know that a child is five times more likely to suffer from dental caries than asthma?
What are dental caries?
Dental caries is another term for dental decay and cavities. Cavities are holes in the teeth that form as a result of exposure to bacteria and plaque. The bacteria and plaque feed off of sugar and wear away at the enamel of our teeth.
Having your child on a low-sugar diet and limiting their snacking between meals can help to prevent dental decay. Your Waltham MA family dentist advises you not to give your child juice, soda, or other sugary drinks because those will increase exposure and cavities will be more likely to occur.
How can I help to fight dental decay in my child?
You can help your child avoid cavities by limiting their diet and ensuring that they maintain excellent oral hygiene habits. Be sure that you child is brushing twice a day and flossing once a day at least. It is also important that they brush for at least two minutes.
You should also ensure that your child is brushing and flossing properly, otherwise it may not be much of a help. By teaching your children these habits at a young age they will be more likely to carry them on into adulthood. If you aren’t sure how to properly brush and floss, be sure to ask you Waltham MA family dentist to show you!
It is also important to the health of your teeth and your child’s teeth to visit your Waltham MA family dentist once every 6 months (as recommended by the ADA). This will allow Dr. Cummings to catch any issues early on. If caught early, the damage will likely be reversible.
If you need to schedule an appointment for a checkup or other procedure, contact your Waltham dentist, Dr. Cummings, by calling (781) 410-4162.