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Checking for Tooth Decay in Toddlers

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Toddlers are great, full of life, energy and curious about everything that’s around them. As a parent it’s important to let them explore and let them be their little creative selves. However, it is also important to ensure they are safe and healthy.

When it comes to the dental health of your toddler, making sure you follow the right steps to promote the best dental development is crucial. “Tooth decay is the most common chronic children’s disease in the country—even more chronic than allergies. Over 40 percent of children will have tooth decay before kindergarten. And those who have it are more likely to suffer from cavities in adulthood”

Here are some tips to help prevent tooth decay in your toddler:

First, make sure your child has fluoride. It’s a naturally occurring mineral that is added to the drinking water in most cities. It strengthens the tooth enamel, making it more resistant to acid attacks that can cause tooth decay. It also reduces the ability of plaque bacteria to produce acid and cause those nasty cavities.

Healthy teeth should all be one color. If you see dark spots or stains on the teeth, take your baby to the dentist. White spots can sometimes appear as the enamel forms so don’t worry so much about those. But as soon as your child has a tooth, begin to use fluoride toothpaste the size of a grain of rice on the bristles.

Be sure to feed your baby healthy foods. Choose drinks and foods that do not have a lot of sugar in them. Give your child fruits and vegetables instead of candy and cookies. And be careful with dried fruits such as raisins, since they easily stick to the grooves of the teeth and can cause cavities if not thoroughly brushed off the teeth.”

For more tips to help your toddler prevent tooth decay make sure you contact your Aylmer dentist.

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