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Tooth Decay in Children

Tooth Decay in Children

What Is Tooth Decay And How Does It Affect Children?

A common, yet treatable issue, tooth decay is a permanently damaged area of the tooth that develops into small holes, often referred to as a cavity.  It is important to care for a cavity immediately in order to prevent a deeper cavity, toothaches, infection, or tooth loss. Often cavities can go undetected because of a lack of symptoms or because of failure to recognize what a cavity is, which is why they are common in children. Our Commack Dentist team knows how crucial it is to detect and treat tooth decay in children as soon as possible in order to prevent abnormalities in the child’s adult teeth.

Causes Of Tooth Decay

There are many causes for tooth decay in children, one of them being an inadequate brushing of the child’s teeth. The buildup of bacteria in the child’s mouth begins to eat away at the primary teeth, thus causing tooth decay. Another common cause of tooth decay in children is called baby bottle tooth decay. This occurs when the child is given a bottle to go to bed with and it contains either milk or juice. The leftover substance from the bottle remains in the child’s mouth as they sleep which creates the ultimate environment for bacteria to grow and spread. Unhealthy eating habits are also associated with tooth decay in children. Allowing a child to eat an excessive amount of sugary foods for extended amounts of time is a major cause of tooth decay. It is important that children maintain healthy eating and avoid consuming foods high in sugar too often.

Tips For Parents To Prevent Tooth Decay In Children

  •     Brush your child’s teeth after meals
  •     Fill your child’s sippy cups with water only
  •     Do not allow your child to sleep with a bottle
  •     Limit your child’s candy intake  
  •     Prepare healthy, well-balanced meals for your child
  •     Use fluoride toothpaste
  •     Use a soft bristled tooth brush
  •     Visit Dr. Bonnie Helfner DDS for more tips

Seeking Dental Help  

If you are concerned about your child’s oral health it is important to stop by Dr. Bonnie Helfner’s Commack office to learn more about preventative actions and treatment for tooth decay in children. We want to ensure that you have all the information needed to properly care for your teeth especially when it comes to tooth decay! Voted the Best Dentist on Long Island, Bonnie Helfner DDS is the Best Dentist in Suffolk County to treat and inform you on children’s oral care. For more information, contact us at (631) 858- 9800.      


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