We often hear about the affects that sugary foods and beverages can have on overall health, including body weight, but they can also have dramatic effects on dental health.
The added sugars in juices and soda pop drinks is fueling the epidemic of rotten teeth in children. Almost a third of five-year-olds in England have some tooth decay, according to recent figures from the Royal College of Surgeons’. The number of cases is rising so quickly that many young dental patients are having to wait several months for treatment which is typically tooth extraction being performed under general anesthesia.
A common habit of slowly sipping sugary drinks from baby bottles and “sippy cups” can contribute to this problem for toddlers and preschool age children. Sipping slowly and for an extended amount of time allows harmful bacteria to remain on the teeth surfaces, leading quickly to tooth decay and cavities.
Dr. Buckle and his associates at Buckle Advanced Dental Care in Wirral educate young patients on good oral hygiene habits as well as the benefits of a healthy diet. Here are a few tips for reducing the risk of rotting teeth and tooth cavities:
- Restrict the consumption of juices and sugary drinks to mealtimes
- Avoid drinks and pediatric liquid medicines with added sugars
- Have your child rinse their mouth with water after consuming sugary foods and beverages
- Brush their teeth twice a day and floss once a day to remove bacteria from the teeth and gums, especially before sleeping
Good oral hygiene habits that start early can lay the foundation for a lifelong healthy smile. Routine dental care visits with your dentist at Buckle Advanced Dental Care in Wirral enable us to spot dental problems early on and treat them conservatively, keeping the natural teeth healthy and strong. These visits twice per year also give Dr. Buckle and his staff the opportunity to educate young patients and their caregivers on proper tooth brushing techniques and good oral hygiene habits that will address any individual dental health concerns.
If you are concerned about the health of your child’s teeth, schedule a visit at Buckle Advanced Dental Care for a thorough examination and professional teeth cleaning.