Many of the same reasons that you suffer dental decay and cavities also apply to your child. Unfortunately, kids also have additional challenges that have to be taken into account. The good news is that there at The Dental Suite, you can depend on our attention and expertise going into helping you to prevent your child from suffering cavities to the greatest extent possible.
While dental plaque is the primary cause of dental decay, the problem is made far worse when sugar is added to the equation. And one thing is nearly universal, and that is kids love sugar. It’s no friend to the wellness of their teeth, however. Our pediatric dentist in Des Peres MO suggests that you put a limit on how much sugar your child consumes, and be on the lookout for those foods, drinks, and condiments that have significant amounts of sugar without being commonly associated with it. Examples include ketchup and fruit juices, even the ones that don’t have any “added” sugar. A whole piece of fruit is one thing, but the concentrated levels in juice are potentially problematic. You should also be careful with raisins and other dried fruits for the same reason. In order to mitigate the effects of plaque in general, it is advised to have your child brush after meals and floss daily. You may also want to consider a high quality dental rinse. Our pediatric dentist in Des Peres MO can recommend some. Of course, it is also essential to come in two times per year with your child so that he or she can have a full checkup and a teeth cleaning. Any plaque (or plaque that has hardened into tartar) will be removed with a cleaning. And if any dental decay has occurred, it can be detected early and treated before it is able to cause bigger problems, including toothaches and the early loss of a tooth.
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