Over time, bacteria in the mouth produce excessive acid that contributes to the loss of tooth enamel, the hard mineral coat that covers the tooth. Without this protective layer, the tooth becomes vulnerable to tooth decay and cavities. The good news: cavities are entirely preventable. The bad news: cavities are still the most common infectious disease among children. What’s worse, cavities in children are on the rise for the first time in over 40 years.
As we said, cavities are entirely preventable. How?
- Brushing and Flossing: Your dentist has preached the importance of brushing and flossing time and time again and for good reason: they work. The best way to avoid cavities is to suppress bacteria in the mouth. This is most easily done by brushing twice a day, flossing once a day, and using mouth wash.
- Watch what you eat and drink: Sugary foods are a mouth’s worst nightmare. Sugary foods and drinks encourage bacterial growth and acid. Do your best to avoid these types of food and drink and you are one step closer to a cavity free existence.
- Regular Dental Visits: Finally, the last piece of the puzzle: the dentist. You should visit your dentist AT LEAST twice a year for regular dental cleanings and to screen for gum disease and so much more, like, you guessed it, cavities.
Pediatric Dentistry and Preventing Cavities in Children
Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin of Leikin & Baylin Dental Care in Catonsville, Maryland offer comprehensive dental care geared towards children and adolescents, including regular dental visits, preventative treatments, fillings, aesthetic restorations, mouth guards, and much more!
“We are a team of caring health professionals who provide unparalleled dental excellence and treat our patients as members of our family.”
It is our goal to make your child feel as comfortable as possible. Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin make visiting the Dentist Fun!
If you have any questions about Pediatric Dentistry and Preventing Cavities in Children, or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.