Poor dental hygiene is one of the primary reasons that your child may develop cavities, but it isn’t the only cause.
Cavities develop when bacteria in the mouth produce acids that eat away at the tooth, and some people are more prone to this activity than others. By understanding if your child is “cavity-prone,” you can take steps to keep his teeth healthy.
Low Fluoride Intake
If you live in a community that does not have a fluoridated municipal water supply, it is especially important to make sure your child is getting enough fluoride from other sources. Make sure he is using fluoride toothpaste, as fluoride is essential in strengthening the teeth as they grow, replacing lost minerals and preventing against cavities.
A History of Cavities
The bacteria that lead to cavities are hard to remove, so even if you are helping your child to care for his teeth properly, he may still develop new cavities. If your child experienced baby bottle tooth decay, this is usually a good indicator that your child will likely experience more cavities as he gets older.
Not Visiting Your Dentist
If your child has never gone to the dentist, there is a good chance that cavities are starting to form in his mouth. Regular dental visits are essential for good oral health, and they should begin before your child’s first birthday.
Poor Oral Hygiene
As previously noted, proper oral hygiene is necessary for healthy teeth. Failing to brush your child’s teeth at least twice per day can make him more prone to developing cavities. Brushing is needed to remove residue from the teeth since food particles are what bacteria will eat in order to produce the acid that will damage the teeth.
If it has been determined that your child is cavity prone, it is more important than ever to contact our office to find out how to properly care for his teeth in order to prevent cavity development.