We all know how important it is that our kids brush and floss their teeth. However, what they eat and drink is equally as important. Tooth decay is caused when there is a plaque buildup on the teeth. When you eat, the bacteria that are naturally found in the mouth break down the food. During this process, acid is produced and it combines with the food debris to form plaque. Plaque is a sticky substance that builds upon the teeth, usually near the gum line. If plaque is not removed, it can break down tooth enamel and eventually cause a hole called a cavity. Cavities will continue to enlarge without treatment, and they can eventually become infected and require extensive repair or extraction.
Brushing alone is not enough to keep your kids’ teeth healthy. With so many options for unhealthy foods and beverages readily available, it is important to be diligent about good dietary habits to help keep your child’s mouth and the rest of the body healthy.
Limiting sugary beverages and food will drastically reduce the risk of developing cavities. These sweet options may taste good, but they will stick around in the mouth for longer than they are welcome. Bacteria love to feed on sugary, carbohydrate-laden foods. If your child does have a sugary treat, make sure they brush their teeth as soon as possible. At the very least, have them rinse their mouth with water to help remove particles.
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Other habits that can help your child enjoy good dental health include:
- Diligent brushing and flossing. Make sure your child brushes at least twice a day, although brushing after every meal is ideal. While brushing is very important, it can’t remove all the food particles that become trapped in-between teeth. Flossing once each day can help finish the job.
- Have your child drink tap water. The fluoride found in tap water can help protect and strengthen teeth.
- Maintain regular dental visits. Twice yearly dental visits with cleanings and x-rays can help identify early signs of decay.
Good dietary habits along with proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits can help keep your kids’ mouths healthy. If you are in Garland, TX and you would like more information from our family dental practice, call Kings Dental today.