What Causes Tooth Decay in Children?

What Causes Tooth Decay in Children?
Posted on 03/23/2018

At Alderwood Children’s Dentistry, putting a smile on your child’s face is our number one goal. Your child will enjoy coming into our family-friendly office that’s perfect for children to relax and have fun in. With our high-quality Lynnwood pediatric dentistry services, we’ll also make sure that the smile on your child’s face is a healthy one! These treatments that we offer are capable of helping with a number of oral conditions with one of these being tooth decay. Tooth decay is a surprisingly common oral condition for children as it’s relatively easy to develop.


How Does Tooth Decay Develop? 

Tooth decay is caused when foods that contain carbohydrates (sugars and starches) leave deposits on the teeth. When these deposits aren’t removed from the teeth, they’ll then bond with a child’s naturally-occurring oral bacteria and form plaque. The plaque and bacteria will then create acids that will eat away at the tooth enamel, causing tooth decay. Eating acidic foods will create the same problems as well since the acid in these foods will also damage the tooth enamel.


How to Prevent Tooth Decay

Some of the best ways that you can help your child prevent tooth decay include:

  • Limit Carbohydrate-Rich Foods – As we mentioned that tooth decay is caused mainly by carbohydrates that are left on the teeth, it’s best to limit your child’s consumption of these foods. This can include foods like candy, cookies, soda, and crackers.

  • Stop Unhealthy Snacking – One of the reasons why carbohydrate-rich food can be so damaging is because they’re being eaten at inopportune times. After about 45 minutes or so, your child’s mouth will balance out the acid in his or her mouth, that’s caused by these foods. However, by eating these unhealthy foods throughout the day, it’ll allow for many extra acid attacks.

  • Maintain Good Oral Hygiene – You’ll also want to make sure that your child maintains good oral hygiene habits. This includes brushing two times every day and flossing daily as well. It’s especially beneficial after eating as it’ll clean the damaging food particles and acid from your child’s teeth.

  • Get Fluoride Treatment – Fluoride is a natural mineral that strengthens tooth enamel and offers great protection against cavities. It’s normally found in most drinking water and toothpastes.

  • Apply Dental Sealants – The most common place for a child to develop cavities is in the chewing surfaces of the molars. This is because they contain many crevices that can trap food particles. A dental sealant will smooth out these grooves and keep food and bacteria from getting stuck in there. 

Visit Your Lynnwood Kids Dentist!

If you’d like to visit us for our Lynnwood pediatric dentistry services, we invite you to schedule an appointment with us. To do so, feel free to give us a call at (425) 775-5411. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know. We’re looking forward to seeing you!