“Cavities? Cavities have no place in our household! No, our children will surely not suffer from tooth cavities!”
Ever heard yourself saying those lines before your baby reached her toddler years? Or maybe you heard those lines from another mom?
Well, there is nothing wrong in claiming these words. Who wouldn’t want her children to have perfect tooth health, anyway?
But do you know where the problem lies? It is in the unfortunate fact that our kids can still suffer from tooth cavities because of many reasons that we may be unaware of.
Moms and dads, I urge you not to freak out nor even be disappointed upon the discovery of tooth cavities in your children. Or if your baby hasn’t developed her milk teeth yet, then I also encourage you to stop unnecessary worrying about future possibilities.
It would be important to have the right knowledge when it comes to tooth cavities so you can address problems correctly or prevent them from ever attacking your children.
Here are some unpopular facts you need to know:
1.A lot of children suffer from tooth decay.
Do you know that The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research has found out that 42% of children between the ages of 2 and 11 have tooth decay? That’s a big number! Just imagine how many kids would have to cry at night and have difficulty sleeping just because of toothache. Isn’t that heartbreaking?
2. Tooth decay is a disease that is called dental caries.
Yup, tooth decay is not merely because of sugary foods. Tooth cavities are caused by bacteria and germs that feed on sugary foods which usually stay in our baby’s mouth when they are not brushed properly. When these bacteria penetrate our baby’s mouth, they would usually leave acids on their teeth that will cause the erosion of the tooth structure.
3. Tooth Decay can be passed from mom to baby, dad to baby, or sibling to baby.
Do you share spoon when eating? Does your child play with your toothbrush? According to research, most of the tooth cavities happen because of any of these scenarios. Since babies do not inherently have such bacteria in their mouth during birth, then they can only get these bacteria through other people.
4. Tooth cavities can be prevented.
As I said, cavities were not present when your children were born. So it is definitely possible to prevent them! Here are some of the proven ways to prevent tooth cavities:
- During pregnancy, make sure that you have good nutrition. This can help your baby to form strong teeth enamel and structure.
- All members of the household should also have regular dental checkups. Don’t let one member cause the early onset of tooth decay on the baby.
- During infancy, clean your baby’s teeth and tongue using a wet washcloth.
- After six months, you can use an age-appropriate toothbrush and natural food-grade toothpaste that is safe to be swallowed.
- As soon as your child reaches her first year, then you can already bring her to the dentist for the needed cavity prevention measures.
- Upon reaching the age of two and when your toddler can already spit, you can start using a very small amount of fluoride toothpaste.
- Let your child drink plenty of water.
- Prevent her from consuming too much sugary and starchy food.
- As soon as you discover staining on your child’s tooth, schedule a visit to the dentist so she can make the necessary measures to remedy the dental problem.
Cavities may be a normal thing in all stages of our life, but they surely could be prevented and managed with the right steps.