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Tooth Decay: One of the Most Common Childhood Diseases

Tooth Decay: One of the Most Common Childhood Diseases

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You might think that tooth decay was a disease only seen in elderly patients, but the fact of the matter is that teeth can decay long before they are fully matured. In countries where dental care is seen as a luxury rather than a necessity, oral health deficiencies are prevalent in people of all ages. What is truly disturbing is that tooth decay is on the rise in developed nations such as the US, mostly because parents are unaware of the importance of the early prevention methods they need to take to preserve their children’s oral health. An expert in oral care, Dr. Hank Michael DMD, treats patients of all ages, and has seen what can happen first hand in unchecked cases of childhood tooth decay. While childhood tooth decay is serious, it is a completely treatable illness.

Why Are More Kids Developing Tooth Decay?

Kids love sweets, and today, they’re eating more processed sweets, junk food and candy than ever before. Add to that the fact that not many children are brushing after every meal and their teeth are becoming more and more susceptible to tooth decay. More parents are opting to buy fast food for dinner than cook, and children have more autonomy to make decisions about their eating habits than in years past. When you put it all together, it’s no surprise that tooth decay in childhood is on the rise. 

What Can Be Done To Fight Tooth Decay in Childhood?

First and foremost, both parents and children must understand that tooth decay is a danger in order to effectively combat it. Since many parents don’t become aware of childhood tooth decay until it is their children being diagnosed in the dentist's’ chair, many preventative methods have fallen short. Recent changes in childhood oral care standards have also worked to confuse parents. Parents are now used to bring their children to the dentist before their child’s first birthday, which can help to make parents aware of any dental issues early on. Essentially, the best way to fight tooth decay in childhood is by properly informing parents.

How Can Fluoride Help Eliminate Childhood Tooth Decay?

Good daily oral health habits in childhood can help to prevent tooth decay. At the same time, children’s developing teeth can benefit even further by being fortified with fluoride. Take your child to the dentist for teeth cleaning every six months, and opt for fluoride treatments. This will help to keep excess plaque from forming on your child’s teeth, strengthen enamel and keep tooth decay at bay. Remember that even good prevention methods won’t work in all cases, but when childhood tooth decay is remedied early on, most serious complications can be avoided.

Children’s teeth go through many changes, from infancy until adolescence. You can avoid hefty dental bills, unnecessary dental procedures and help your child to develop proper oral health by working to avoid childhood tooth decay. Make sure that you talk to your child’s dentist about any pressing concerns so that you can come up with a winning oral hygiene action plan.

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