Pediatric Cavity Prevention
Most of the time cavities are due to a diet high in sugary or starchy foods and a lack of brushing. Limiting sugar intake and brushing regularly, of course, can help. The longer it takes your child to chew their food, the longer the residue stays on their teeth, the greater the chances of getting cavities.
Every time someone eats, an acid reaction occurs inside their mouth as the bacteria digests the sugars. This reaction lasts approximately 20 minutes. During this time the acid environment can destroy the tooth structure, eventually leading to cavities.
Consistency of a person's saliva also makes a difference. Thinner saliva breaks up and washes away food more quickly. When a child’s diet is high in carbohydrates and sugars, they tend to have thicker saliva that allows more acid-producing bacteria that can cause cavities.
Tips For Cavity Prevention in Children
- Limit frequency of meals and snacks.
- Help your child to brush and floss.
- Watch what your child drinks.
- Avoid sticky foods.
- Make treats part of meals.
- Choose nutritious snacks.