Children and Tooth Decay

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If you’ve ever had a toothache, you understand that it isn’t any fun. Unfortunately, some argue that tooth decay is becoming a bigger problem for the younger generation. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help your children protect their oral health and prevent tooth decay.

Arguable, the most important thing you can do is keep a good oral care schedule. Unfortunately, many children struggle to maintain a healthy oral routine. Please remember to remind your children to brush their teeth, especially when they start to age. You see, the number of young people suffering from tooth decay tends to rise dramatically after children are twelve.

Similarly, some children are more prone to cavities than others. Typically, if you are prone to cavities, your children will be as well. Similarly, because more and more children are introduced to sugar at an early age, those that are prone to cavities are even more susceptible.

Still, understanding the causes of gum disease does little to help you overcome these issues. To protect your child’s teeth, we recommend limiting their sugar intake. Please remember to consider the types of drink they specifically enjoy and be careful of beverages that are high in sugar.

You can also help you children by setting a good example. Let them see you brush your own teeth frequently. This includes visiting your dentist often—and remembering to bring your child to our dentist when they are young. Similarly, teach your child proper brushing and flossing techniques. We also recommend teaching your child about why brushing their teeth is so important. With simple training, you can help your child establish good habits that can last well into adulthood.

Would you like to learn more about what you can do to help your child develop good habits that can last a lifetime? Do you ever wonder how you can help your little one develop good oral habits? Are you simply interested in scheduling an appointment with us? If so, please don’t hesitate to give Drs. Toenjes, Brizzee and Orme a call at 208-624-3757. Dr. John Toenjes and our team will gladly answer any of your questions. We look forward to hearing from you soon!