More likely than the cold and the flu, tooth decay is the most common childhood disease (and second most likely in adults after the cold). The good news is most tooth decay is entirely preventable by having good teeth care techniques.
First, we should address, what is a cavity? A cavity is a name for a permanently damaged area in the hard surface of a tooth.
But the baby tooth will fall out anyway? Why is a cavity a big deal? Unfortunately, if left untreated, a cavity can lead bigger problems including pain, toothaches and infections.
Keeping those teeth clean is key. As soon as that first tooth makes an appearance, start a good brushing routine. That means brushing twice a day and flossing at least once per day ideally before bed. Good brushing habits at a young age have been shown to lead to healthier habits the rest of your life.
Make brushing a fun activity you do together with your child. You can show a good example by caring for your own teeth as well. It’s important to start a good routine when your child is young.
Diet is another important factor in dental health. Snacks that are loaded in sugar tend to stay in the teeth and cause damage. Acidic foods can be even worse and can lead to other problems like gum disease.
Good things to add to your diet are dairy products. They can counteract those acids and keep teeth enamel strong.
Fluoride is an important tool you can equip your teeth with. In the Capital Region only some of the municipal waters have fluoride in it, most bottled waters do not. If your child only drinks bottled water, ask Dr. Gallo to assess your risk for decay and the need for fluoride supplements.