Tooth Decays in Toddlers and Infants

Tooth decay poses a serious threat for today's kids. Twenty-eight percent of children aged 2 to 5 in the US have tooth decay, this according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The pain interferes with the kids' eating, playing, sleeping and other activities. While tooth decay treatments are readily available, the best “cure” is still prevention.

To avert any tooth decay, always maintain a healthy mouth. Have your child eat healthfully. Sensible food choices are keys to a strong and healthy set of teeth and bones. Moreover, maintain the habit of brushing and flossing regularly; ideally, brush at least twice a day in the morning and right before bedtime. Also, have your child gargle antibacterial mouthwash after brushing. And visit the dentist for your child's regular checkups.

Cavity-causing germs feed on the sugar or carbohydrates from your child's food. The more food eaten during meals or snacks, the more prone a child is to tooth decay. As much as possible, minimize the sweets. Also, have your child brush or gargle to eliminate the bacteria and avert the spread of tooth decay.

If your child is still on baby bottles, keep the bottle and pacifier clean by washing then after every use. It's one way of maintaining a healthy mouth. Also, don't let your child walk around or play with the bottle and continually drink from it.

Visit the dentist regularly to detect the early signs of cavity and tooth decay. He or she can also advise you and give other tips on how to prevent them.

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