About Legends Dental / Your Child's Preventative Care
Tooth decay and children no longer have to go hand in hand. Legends Dental focuses on long term comprehensive dental care, regardless of the patients’ age. Our goal is for you and every member of your family to keep their natural teeth for their entire life. This is accomplished by starting early and learning how to care for your mouth. Tooth decay and early loss of teeth in children has detrimental effects on the developing permanent teeth.
Most of the time cavities are due to a diet high in sugary foods and a lack of brushing. Limiting sugar intake and brushing regularly can help. Brushing your child’s teeth after meals is the first step in the prevention of cavities. The longer the residue stays on their teeth, the greater the chances of getting cavities.
Every time someone eats, an acid reaction occurs inside their mouth as the bacteria digest the sugars. This reaction lasts approximately 20 minutes. During this time the acidic environment can destroy the enamel, eventually leading to cavities.
Consistency of a person's saliva also makes a difference; thinner saliva breaks up and washes away food more quickly. When a person eats diets high in carbohydrates and sugars they tend to have thicker saliva, which in turn allows more of the acid-producing bacteria to remain on the teeth.
Tips for cavity prevention
Limit frequency of meals and snacks. Encourage brushing, flossing and rinsing. Watch what your child drinks. Soda, even diet, sports drinks and juices are at the top of the list for causing tooth decay. Avoid giving your child sticky foods. Never allow your child to go to bed with a bottle of milk or juice. Make treats part of meals. Choose nutritious snacks.
The first baby teeth that erupt are the two bottom front teeth. You will notice this when your baby is about 6-8 months old. Next to follow will be the 4 upper front teeth and the remainder of your baby's teeth will appear periodically. They will usually appear in pairs along the sides of the jaw until the child is about 2 1/2 years old.
At around 2 1/2 years old your child should have all 20 teeth. Between the ages of 5 and 6 the first permanent teeth will begin to erupt. Some of the permanent teeth replace baby teeth and some don't. Don't worry if some teeth are a few months early or late as all children are different.
Baby teeth are important as they not only hold space and guide the permanent teeth into the correct place, but they are important for chewing, biting, speech and appearance. For this reason it is important to maintain a healthy diet and daily hygiene.