To have teeth is to be susceptible to tooth decay. But because they are more likely to be exposed to sugary drinks and snacks and have less experience with adequate brushing and flossing techniques, children can be especially vulnerable to developing cavities. Establishing good oral hygiene habits as soon as the primary (baby) teeth begin to erupt is the best way to protect children from tooth decay and future dental problems. The dentists at Children's Dental Center of New Hampshire in Amherst advise parents to begin scheduling regular dental checkups by the age of one.
Tooth Decay Prevention and Treatment in Amherst, NH
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 20% of children between the ages of 5-11 (approximately 1 in 5) experience some degree of tooth decay in at least one tooth. The first step in preventing decay and establishing good, long term oral hygiene habits is to ensure daily brushing with fluoride toothpaste (for children ages 2+), flossing and helping smaller children with brushing techniques.
In addition to at home oral hygiene practices and limiting overconsumption of sugary drinks and snacks, which can be a major contributor to childhood tooth decay according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NICDR), treatments like dental sealants can help protect children's teeth from the bacteria and acids that cause cavities. Adequate brushing can be difficult for children in the beginning, especially for the difficult to reach back teeth, making them more prone to decay. Enamel colored plastic sealants are placed over the top of the back molars to smooth and even out the surface of the teeth, making them easier to brush and harder to trap food particles and bacteria.
Find a Pediatric Dentist in Amherst, NH
For more information on pediatric dentistry, cavity prevention, and the best oral hygiene practices for your children, contact Children's Dental Center of New Hampshire by calling (603) 673-1000 to schedule an appointment today.