One thing that no dental professional likes to see is a toddler who is already heading down the road to having bad, rotting teeth. It is important that good oral care practices begin at home as soon as your child’s first teeth come in and that they become a habit that they maintain for their entire life. Sadly, toddlers who experience tooth decay are at a much greater risk of developing various other oral health issues later in their life. Rotten teeth that develop in early childhood typically cause serious orthodontic issues later on in life.
As reported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, approximately 26% of all children 5-years-old and younger have at least one cavity. This is why protecting your toddler’s teeth should start as soon as they begin to teeth.
When talking about what causes of tooth decay, the most common cause of a toddler’s tooth decay is going to bed with a bottle. This is the equivalent of an adult taking a drink of apple juice, soda, or milk right before they go to bed and just letting it sit in their mouth all night long. That is precisely what happens when your toddler goes to sleep with a bottle to suck on. A drink with any sugar in it, including milk, creates an ideal place for harmful oral bacteria to breed.
Furthermore, as soon as even one tiny tooth makes its way through your toddler’s gums, you need to begin a brushing and flossing routine before bedtime, the same as you do with adult teeth. This does more than just protect your toddler’s teeth from rotting, it will also help to teach them good dental hygiene practices that will serve them well throughout their life.
Lastly, it is strongly recommended that you schedule your toddler’s first dental check-up when they are between 12 and 18-months of age. This allows your child to get used to dental visits and will also give your dental professional a chance to evaluate their oral health and how well their teeth are coming in.
At McBride Dental, we want to help you and your family do everything possible to have and preserve healthy teeth and gums. By scheduling regular appointments with your California family dentist and practicing the oral care techniques we teach you, your whole family will easily maintain teeth that are healthy, strong, and effective.
The San Marcos offices of Dr. Michael McBride are staffed with reputable, professional San Diego area dentists that are ready to address any concerns you may have regarding common dental procedures, as well as preventative, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry. We also provide sedation dentistry treatments as an option for our patients with severe dental anxiety.
It is our job to help you and your family establish healthy dental habits to make sure that your teeth will always be there when you need them and your smile will always look great.