Your Child and Tooth Decay

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Would you be surprised to learn that tooth decay is actually fairly prominent in adults? In fact, studies have indicated that 47% of adults over 30 have some stage of tooth decay. There are several things you can do to protect your teeth—such as brushing, flossing, and visiting our team regularly for routine checkups. However, do you know what you can do to protect your children from tooth decay?

You see, children are as vulnerable to tooth decay as adults are. In fact, children are especially vulnerable to baby bottle tooth decay. Despite what you may have heard, sugar doesn’t actually cause cavities—but it does create an environment where bad bacteria can grow. If you give your child a bottle with a sugary drink in it, including soda, milk, or juice, when they go to sleep, their drink could pool in their mouth. Sadly, this will leave your child more vulnerable to decay.

Fortunately, tooth decay is preventable. If your child needs a bottle to sleep, try filling it with water. You should also avoid sharing utensils with your child, as the bacteria that cause decay are very contagious. You’ll also need to protect your child’s mouth even before their first tooth has come in. To do so, simply wipe their mouth with a clean cloth after they eat.

If you’re interested in learning more about tooth decay in children, please don’t hesitate to give Monroe Family Dentistry a call at 734-241-6550. Dr. Jeremy Dull and our team will be glad to answer any questions you have and to inspect your little one’s mouth for signs of trouble. We look forward to hearing from you soon.