By Wilmington Dental Associates
August 17, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Cavity  

Find out more about childhood cavities and what could increase your child’s chances of developing decay.

Decay is one of the most common dental problems to affect both children and adults. Of course, we want children to practice good oral hygiene so that they can maintain a healthy, cavity-free smile. From the office of your Wilmington, DE family dentists Dr. Anthony CavityVattilana and Dr. John Lenz, find out more about cavity prevention for your little one.

What are the signs of a cavity?

Every child is different and so the symptoms they display won’t always be textbook. If a cavity is in the early stages there may be a light brown spot on a tooth. This spot will continue to get darker as the cavity begins to form.

Your child may not experience pain but the tooth may become more sensitive to sweets or hot or cold foods and drinks. If your child starts to complain of tooth sensitivity it’s time to visit our Wilmington, DE dentist.

What are the risk factors for dental decay?

There are certain issues that can make a child more prone to decay including:

  • A diet that is high in processed carbs and sugar
  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Dry mouth
  • Lack of fluoride treatment
  • Increased plaque buildup

If your child is prone to any of these risk factors it’s important that you do whatever you can to reduce these risks. This includes getting fluoride treatment from one of our Wilmington, DE general dentists to protect healthy enamel from decay.

You can also make sure that your child is maintaining good oral hygiene by monitoring how well and often they brush and floss their teeth. Most children under the age of 8 will require parents to clean their teeth. If we are finding an increase in plaque or tartar buildup during their six-month cleanings it’s time you examine their at-home routine.

Diet will also play a large role in your child’s oral health. Limiting unhealthy snacks will go a long way to preventing cavities. Add more lean protein, whole grains, veggies and fruits into their diet and avoid sports drinks, soda and candy.

If you suspect your child has a cavity then it’s time you called Wilmington Dental Associates right away. Turn to the family dentists in Wilmington, DE that can protect your child’s smile for the rest of their life.

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