By Susan Braden
Studies show that dental decay is the number one chronic health problem among children. Do you know that this decay can begin as early as when your child's first baby tooth appears? Parents have the responsibility to recognize the signs of this decay and to maintain the affordable dental care to help prevent it.
Dental decay is the development of cavities in the teeth. Cavities form when germs in the mouth mix with sugars found in foods and drinks, creating an acid that, when hardened, breaks through tooth enamel. The result is holes in the enamel that fill with bacteria. These cavities can be very painful for your child!
This decay can cause the premature loss of baby teeth, which could cause other baby teeth to move, shutting out openings for adult teeth to come in! The outcome of tooth decay in childhood can be crowded or crooked adult teeth. Even worse, tooth decay can lead to infections that can ultimately be deadly, and should be treated with affordable dental care at a dentist or pedodontist.
Fortunately, you can prevent decay in your children's mouths - simply maintaining oral hygiene and checkups with an affordable dental plan can greatly reduce the likelihood of childhood cavities. Here are some simple steps parents can take to protect their children’s teeth.
Chronic tooth decay is a serious concern that can lead to many future problems in your child’s health and well-being. It is wise to both supervise your children's oral hygiene from an early age and to have an affordable dental plan on hand when more extensive care is needed. Because decay can begin as early as infancy, it is the privilege and responsibility of parents to help their children care for their teeth, to keep them strong and healthy!
For more affordable dental tips from Susan Braden about helping your kids with their oral hygiene, see this article.