Reasons for Childhood Cavities
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Reasons for Childhood Cavities

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Cavities are the most common disease affective children here in the United States. They are also almost 100% preventable! Here at Little Smiles of Delaware, we believe that parents who are educated about their child’s dental health are better able to care for their child’s teeth. Proper care can prevent dental disease from becoming a part of childhood.

Cavity-Causing Activities

Below are the most common reasons why children develop dental cavities. As a parent or caregiver, it’s important to be aware of these reasons and make sure to avoid them:

  • Not brushing twice per day – The best way to avoid dental cavities is to practice proper routine dental health care. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children brush twice a day for two minutes at a time with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Too much sugar – When your child consumes too much sugar, the bacteria in the mouth feed off of it too create acids. These acids eat away at the tooth enamel, causing it to become weak and wear away.
  • Not drinking enough water – The main beverage your child should be drinking is water. Milk is important for building strong, healthy teeth and bones, but water should still be the primary beverage in your home. Avoid sugary sodas and fruit juices.

The best way to fight cavities is through proper dental health care. Your child should be visiting Little Smiles of Delaware every six months for a dental cleaning and a checkup. To schedule your appointment, please contact Little Smiles of Delaware here in Delaware, Ohio.

Posted on Apr 13, 2020

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