How can I prevent cavities in my child?
Cavities are caused by specific bacteria found in the mouth. They can grow to large numbers especially if the conditions are right. They love sugar in all forms. When we consume sugar, the bacteria use this sugar to survive and replicate and as a by product of their metabolism they produce acid. This acid is what dissolves away the hardest substance in our body, which is our enamel on the outer surface of our teeth. Proper diet, proper timing, and frequent toothbrushing can significantly help in reducing dental decay.
Here are a few tips:
- Limit sugar foods to meal time.
- Snacks that are higher in fat and protein appear to be less damaging.
- Brush all the debris off the teeth.
- Avoid sipping throughout the day on substances with sugar or that are acidic.
- Avoid sticky foods.
- Drink lots of water