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How To Prevent Your Children From Tooth Decay

By Connor Sullivan

Tooth decay is being the most common disease in kids. Earlier, tooth decay was considered to be a disease found in adults, but today many kids are increasingly becoming prone to it. According to studies, it is five times more common than asthma in children and more common than chronic bronchitis. To protect your children from this illness, you need to develop good hygiene routine. It is a good idea to keep mouthwashes and other several medicines promoting oral hygiene in your medicine cabinet no mirror. Also, make sure that your bathroom wall cabinet is filled with toothbrushes and toothpastes to ensure a healthy mouth.

Tooth decay is seen to be more common in children than in adults these days. The major reason why this is observed is because children are more inclined to sweets than adults. These sweets contain sugars which are not easy to eliminate from the tooth’s surface. The major cause of tooth decay is plaque. It is the debris gathered around the gum line, the edge of fillings, and grooved surfaces of teeth. If children do not clean their teeth regularly; the plaque can build up to form tartar. Together, tartar and plaque have acids which gradually erode the tooth’s enamel and create holes in the teeth. If ignored in the beginning, tooth decay can enter into the vessels surrounding the tooth area. Eventually, atern toothache may be observed.

The best way to avoid tooth decay is to ensure good oral hygiene. Kids must be taught to brush their teeth after meals and most importantly; before they go to bed. Regular flossing will also be a great practice to keep up a good oral hygiene. Apart from incurring this routine in their kids, parents must also take them to the dentist regularly. Next is about what you eat. Avoid feeding your children a lot many sugary or acidic foods. More importantly, you should keep a check on how often he/she eats sweets rather than how many. The number of times of your kid’s consumption of sugary foods as well as foods that have a high acidic content makes him/her more probable of getting a tooth decay.

A healthy diet for your children will consist of fruits, vegetables, milk and cheese. However, you must know that even though fruits and vegetables are healthy foods, they have acids in them. Small amounts of these fruits and vegetables might not be something to worry about. However, when your kids eat large amounts, ensure that your give them some alkaline foods like milk or cheese to neutralize the results.

Teach your children the routine of brushing teeth regularly, especially before they go to bed. Use toothpastes that contain fluoride in them. It is seen that in places where people use water containing fluoride, tooth decay is less prevalent. You can use toothpastes, mouthwashes or even tablets consisting of fluoride. However, ensure that you do not go beyond the required dosage, because that can initiate problems. Maintain a neat oral hygiene and smile confidently!

Connor Sullivan recently purchased a bathroom wall cabinet for his remodeled bathroom. He sent his son to college so he bought a medicine cabinet without mirror for his apartment bathroom.

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