Your Child’s Ammunition against Tooth Decay

Dental hygiene must begin at home as soon as the first tooth erupts to reduce risks of tooth decay and other long term dental issues. In the beginning, you can wipe your baby’s teeth with a dental cot to remove excess debris and keep your baby’s mouth clean.  Secondly, your child should see a dentist within 6 months after the first tooth erupts or by one year old. There are also several other ways that your child’s teeth can be protected for optimal oral health.

Recently, the American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Scientific Affairs published recommendations that sugar-free chewing gum, lozenges and hard candy that contain xylitol may prevent cavities when used in conjunction with traditional approaches for cavity prevention. Use of these treats may be particularly beneficial for people at high risk of cavities.  It has been recommended that children over 5 years of age who have been identified at high risk should chew sugar free gum containing xylitol for up to 20 minutes after meals to prevent tooth decay.

If you are interested in dentistry, contact Dr. Mark Sweeney, an Austin Texas cosmetic dentist, for a consultation at 512-380-1300.