Is Your Toddler Safe From Tooth Decay?

Posted by ridgetopdental on January 16th, 2015

Every parent want to see their child healthy and smiling, but unfortunately, not even toddlers are safe from tooth decay. Tooth decay in young kids happens when sweetened liquids or those with natural sugars, like milk, formula, and fruit juice cling to an infant's teeth for a long time. Bacteria in the mouth thrive on this sugar and make acids that attack the teeth and cause tooth decay. However, with these tips from Ridgetop Dental International’s centre for family dental care in Bangalore, you can ensure that your toddler’s teeth remain strong and protected from decay.

Why is tooth decay a serious problem?

Tooth decay can cause pain, infection and even affect children’s growth. Severe decay in baby teeth can have serious consequences for your child’s speech and jaw development.


What are the early signs of tooth decay?

Although early tooth decay is difficult to spot, there are certain signs that you can look for:

  • Upper incisors develop a dull, white band along the gum line.
  • Brown spots on the teeth, and the gums might be red and swollen.
  • In more advanced stages of tooth decay, blackened areas show up on the teeth, with the gums still looking red and swollen.

Tips to prevent cavities in young kids

  • Regular dental visits are necessary: Take your toddler to the dentist for a check-up before or around their 1st birthday, even if they only have two teeth. A good pediatric dentist like Ridgetop Dental International’s pediatric dentist in Bangalore will take care of your baby’s oral health and will do his best to make your child’s dental visit as comfortable and pleasant as possible.
  • Make sure your child eats healthy: To have healthy teeth your toddler should eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and include calcium and vitamin D in his diet. Vitamin D helps his body to absorb calcium, which he needs to grow strong bones and teeth.
  • Use water containing fluoride: Don’t make formula with bottled water. Use tap water. Filter it or boil it if you like, but don’t buy bottled water for baby or for your children. Water with fluoride is protective for your child’s teeth.  
  • Keep your baby’s teeth clean: Wipe the baby's gums with a clean gauze pad or washcloth after each feeding. When your child grows up, use a small toothbrush with soft, round-ended bristles of differing lengths, and a small, angled head to brush his teeth. Change the brush at least every three months, or when the bristles start to spread out.

A damaged baby tooth can cause pain and lead to a serious mouth infection; so don’t wait for the problems to get worse. Schedule an appointment with a good pediatric dentist like Ridgetop Dental International’s best dentist in Bangalore to get professional and gentle dental care for your child. The experts at Ridgetop Dental International Pvt Ltd have the best dental care facilities to ensure optimal dental health of your child and prevent the onset of dental disease.

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