It’s no secret that sugar is bad for your teeth. We have known this for decades and as sugar became more prevalent in the modern diet, fluoride was added to our water in most municipalities to help save teeth. While most people will still have at least one instance of decay during their lifetimes, losing teeth due to decay alone is no longer so common. It is much more common to lose teeth to gum disease, which affects over half of American adults.
New research shows that the biofilm that causes decay causes much more damage when it binds to certain strains of yeast. This combination is particularly detrimental to teeth and can act as a catalyst for the bacteria that cause decay.
How to Care for Your Child’s Teeth
In light of this new research, you may choose to take a more proactive approach when it comes to decay prevention. If you want advice from a dentist in Montrose, CO, we are always happy to help.
Here are a few guidelines to follow:
- Brush children’s teeth after sugary snacks
- Use fluoride toothpaste
- Opt for dental sealants to fill in the deepest grooves of teeth
- Remember that starchy foods convert to sugar in the mouth
- Avoid juice or other sweet drinks before bedtime
- Encourage a healthy diet
Additionally, your dentist may recommend that you use an anti-cavity rinse for your child or make additional adjustments to their lifestyle habits such as drinking only water (this is great advice for everyone).
Another consideration includes the dexterity and attention of your child. All children are different and develop differently. Dexterity plays a big role when allowing them to take over brushing and flossing on their own.
Some kids may benefit from having supervision into their tween years when it comes to brushing and flossing. With so many things competing for your child’s attention, teeth brushing may not be a priority for them.