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Why Tooth Decay Is So Common in Kids

October 20, 2017
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Posted By: Evolve Dental Care
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It’s a fact: Kids get cavities. In spite of the fact that cavities are largely preventable, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that dental caries are the most common condition found in young people between the ages of 6 and 19. Although fluoridated water has helped reduce the number of cavities to some extent, tooth decay in children is still a prevalent problem.

When it comes to children’s dentistry in Allentown, the CDC and dentists have specific recommendations for continuing to reduce the incidence of dental caries in kids.

Cutting Down on Cavities with Good Home Care

Since most children in this country have access to fluoridated water, their parents need to help ensure they follow other advice to decrease decay.

  • Make sure your kids are brushing twice each day with a fluoridated toothpaste. Younger children who lack the dexterity to brush properly will need help. Older kids who are capable of brushing properly will likely need reminders to do it twice every day.
  • Kids need to floss at least once each day. Parents will again need to help their small children and remind their older children about the importance of flossing. There are a number of flavored flosses and dental picks on the market to make this chore more pleasant.
  • Children should avoid sugary beverages and snacks whenever possible. Healthy and nutritious foods will improve overall health, including oral health.

Cutting Down on Cavities with the Help of Your Emmaus and Allentown Dentist

Ask your dentist about supplemental fluoride treatments and dental sealants. The sealants form a protective barrier on the teeth to prevent decay from forming. These are primarily used on the back molars, where deep grooves on the teeth can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

Kids should start visiting the dentist regularly around the age of three. The twice-each-year rule pertains to children as well. Regular checkups and cleanings will help keep cavities in check.

For children’s dentistry in Allentown, call Evolve Dental Care!

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