Dental caries, tooth decay, or cavities, whichever name you prefer to call them, rotting teeth is a serious issue. As parents, taking your child’s oral hygiene seriously is imperative because when it comes to little ones, tooth decay remains a chronic disease that is a frequent health issue for children in the United States. When cavities are left to continue to rot teeth in children, not only will your child experience pain they can also have to endure dangerous infections that can if left untreated can spread throughout the body.
If there are cavities on your child’s teeth, they must be treated immediately. Waiting on fixing the problem or not taking your child to the dentist regularly enough to have the problem identified can affect your child’s ability to eat, speak, play, and it can even negatively impact your child’s ability to learn. Interestingly enough, children whose teeth are bad and whose oral health routine is lacking, will not be in school as often as those with better oral health. Coincidingly, these children also do not receive grades as high as their healthier counterparts.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that as high as 20% of all children in the United States that are in the age range of five years to 11 years are suffering from tooth decay that is not being medically attended to. The CDC also reports that 13% of adolescents or young people that are in the age range of 12 years to 19 years of age similarly are not getting medical treatment for their cavities. Lower-income families are the most at-risk group for having children with cavities. Children that live in these homes are 50% more likely that they will have tooth decay that isn’t cared for when compared to children who live in households with more earnings.
Cavities do not have to happen. There are preventative steps that can be taken to avoid having your children’s teeth ravaged by decay. First, if you have a fluoride varnish applied to your little baby’s teeth, then approximately 33% of rot can be avoided. For children who are old enough to safely brush with fluoride toothpaste, regular and daily brushing with this type of toothpaste can also improve oral health outcomes. Then there are dental sealants. These protective barriers can also shield your child from tooth decay and their staying power can last years. In fact, sealants have been found to stop as high as 80% of cavities from forming in the first place.
Dr. McBride is a San Marcos family dentist that can help you, your family, and other loved ones stay safe from dental damage and harm. To schedule a free consultation to discuss the many dental services in San Marcos that McBride Dental offers or to set up a full mouth cleaning and examination, please call McBride Dental at (760) 471-1003.