Preventing Tooth Decay

Preventing Tooth Decay
Posted on 03/22/2018
Preventing Tooth Decay Dr Jacob Myers

While it may sometimes seem like developing tooth decay, also known as a cavity, is some rare, awful occurrence, the truth is that this actually happens quite often. In fact, about half of all young children in the United States develop tooth decay at some point during childhood. This doesn’t mean that you should accept it though; you should still do all you can to help prevent tooth decay for your child and ensure a healthier smile. Your East Lansing children’s dentist at the practice of Dr. Jacob Myers DDS would like to take the time to explain why tooth decay occurs and what you can do to prevent it from happening.

 Why Tooth Decay Occurs

There are typically two reasons as to why a child develops tooth decay: poor oral hygiene and unhealthy dieting. The first thing we want to touch on is oral hygiene. If your child isn’t brushing the recommended two times per day to remove plaque and bacteria, tooth decay may start to develop. This isn’t an uncommon occurrence as many children don’t always follow through on a good brushing routine; it’s up to you to make sure that your child is brushing as much as needed.

When it comes to a child’s diet, there are a few major types of foods that you should minimize. The first – and most obvious – type of food to limit is sugary food. When you eat sugary food, the bacteria in your mouth will produce acid upon contact with the sugars. This acid will eat away at your tooth enamel and cause decay. You’ll also want to watch out for starchy food. Starches can linger in the mouth for a while and then break down into simple sugars, which will then cause the same problems as sugary food. The last type that we want to mention is acidic food or drinks. The acid in these types of food can eat away at a person’s tooth enamel as well.

How to Prevent Tooth Decay

Some of the best tips that your DeWitt and East Lansing children’s dentist can offer for preventing tooth decay include the following:

  • Your child should brush his or her teeth two times every day.
  • Additionally, flossing daily is a great idea as food can easily get trapped between the teeth.
  • Lessen the intake of sugary, starchy, and acidic foods in your child’s diet.
  • Avoid providing your child with any potentially teeth-unfriendly snacks throughout the day if your child won’t be brushing soon after.
  • Encourage your child to drink water throughout the day to keep his or her mouth clean.
  • Make sure that your child sees his or her East Lansing pediatric dentist once every six months.

Come Visit Your DeWitt and East Lansing Children’s Dentist!

If you’d like to schedule an appointment for your child for our East Lansing children’s dentistry, feel free to give us a call at (517) 337-0032. Alternatively, you can fill out our online appointment request form to schedule a visit with your DeWitt children’s dentist. We can’t wait to see you and help ensure that your child maintains a healthy smile!