Know about cavity control in toddlers,
preventing decay in baby teeth and tips to prevent tooth decay in
Cavity Control in Toddlers
In modern society, especially in America, tooth decay incidents have
left even common cold and influenza behind as most infectious disease
in children. Most kindergarten students suffer from contagious
condition of baby teeth and most common reason behind is lack of
information or negligent parenting style. Many times, moms or
caregivers who prefer close contact pass oral bacteria to children
unknowingly and/or put the baby to bed with the bottle. Inadequate
fluoride in baby's diet may also cause decay in baby teeth.
Primary or baby teeth are temporary but they are important for
chewing and speaking and hurt awfully, if they have cavities in them.
They also hold space in jaw for permanent teeth and cavities that
reach their roots may increase the risk of decay in permanent teeth.
Here are some tips for cavity control and to prevent tooth decay in
- At night, fill baby's bottle with water while putting him or
her to bed.
- Babies may sprout teeth around 6 months and you should brush them
twice each day.
- Children who love chewing gums may be given ones that contain
xylitol to decrease the tooth decay risk.
- Drink fruit juices only at meals and use carbonated beverages in
a limit until the baby is about two and a half years old as they
promote tooth decay.
- For newborns and infants that don't have teeth yet, clean
their mouths with a damp cloth after the feedings.
- Give fluoride to the baby, only if recommended by the
- Have baby's first oral health risk assessment at six months
and then a comprehensive examination by a dentist when he or she is
2 years old.
- Mom's or caregiver's oral health and the baby's
oral health are closely relates. So, practice good personal oral
hygiene, brush your teeth twice well and floss teeth at least once
- Never give carbonated drinks to your baby and give no more than 4
to 8 ounces of juice daily to the baby and that too only at
- Never share utensils with the baby or suck on his or her pacifier
or bottle, even for fun.
- Regular visits to dentist are a must for parents with small
- Use a fluoride toothpaste and alcohol-free mouthwash with
fluoride at night to rinse the mouth.
- When baby's teeth start touching each other, start flossing