Dental Decay and Prevention
Dental decay is one of the top oral health concerns for children. Our pediatric dentists teach your kids the skills they need to care for their own teeth.
Oral Health and Diet
Maintaining a healthy diet for your child is important for their oral and overall health. Sugar is the main cause of dental decay when there is bacteria present. There is already a lot of sugar in our diets, and sugary foods or sweet drinks create an even greater breeding ground for bacteria that causes tooth decay.
Fluoride for Children
Fluoride absorbed by your body when teeth were forming (during mother’s pregnancy to early childhood) integrates into the structure of enamel and makes it stronger.
After teeth eruption, fluoride found in your toothpaste, mouthwash, or in what your dentist places on your teeth still has a positive effect on your teeth. It strengthens the enamel and reduces the chance of tooth decay.
Prevent Decay with Sealants for Kids
What are sealants?
Sealants are thin layers of resin that are placed on the pits, fissures, and grooves of molars to prevent decay on the surface of children’s teeth.
Learn more about dental sealants on our services page.
What is baby bottle tooth decay?
Baby bottle tooth decay is the result of frequent and/or prolonged contact with liquids that contain sugars such as fruit juices, milk, formula or any other sweetened drinks. Human breast milk is also a contributor to baby bottle tooth decay.
Nursing or Baby Bottle Decay and Cavities
If left untreated, decayed teeth can cause pain and discomfort. Baby teeth also help guide permanent teeth into place.
If the teeth are damaged or absent, they are unable to help guide permanent teeth into their proper position, possibly affecting future crowding of teeth or crooked adult teeth. Badly decayed baby teeth could lead to an abscessed tooth, with the infection spreading to between the teeth and the gums or affecting the root of the tooth.
Tips to prevent baby bottle tooth decay:
- Don’t put your baby to bed with a bottle filled with sugary liquids instead use water.
- Don’t coat your baby’s pacifier in a sweetener of any kind such as sugar or honey as a way to comfort them.
- Use a wet cloth or gauze to wipe your child’s teeth and gums after each feeding.
Contact our pediatric dental team in Toronto to book your child's next dentist appointment.
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