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Aren't Cavities Normal?

Posted on 8/20/2016 by Jonathan Woodyard
A young boy suffering from a cavity.Cavities and childhood has often been thought to go hand in hand. Kids have poor eating habits, poor hygiene habits, and overall, they just don't care about the health of their teeth. Besides, most parents theorize that their baby teeth are going to fall out, aren't cavities normal? Why are they bad?

This may sound shocking, but, the time to start considering your child's dental health is before they are even born. Studies have found that if an expectant mother has a healthy mouth, her fetus is more likely to grow healthy teeth.

At the same time, if an expecting mother has decay causing bacteria in her mouth, chances increase that her fetus will as well. More and more, dentists are having parents begin an oral health regimen and awareness from day one.

Increasingly, children are reaching adulthood without ever experiencing a cavity. This is due to dental education, making the dentist a more regular part of your health care needs, and the placement of dental sealants by a dentist who knows how to apply them. Cavities no longer need to be a normal part of your child's childhood. Nor, should they be.

Children who have healthier teeth, grow up to be adults who have healthier teeth. By protecting their teeth early, you are setting your child up for healthier teeth throughout their life.

How can I protect my child's teeth?

There are several important steps you can take to protect your child's teeth.

•  Be aware of their sugar intake. There really is no reason for your child to drink juice or soda, making a simple decision to permanently swap juice and soda for water, you will make a significant impact on your child's oral health.
•  Keep your child's teeth clean. Before your child has teeth, wipe their gums with a damp cloth. Once your child has teeth, brush them twice a day. Parents need to be in control of their child tooth brushing until at least age 8. Teach them to be aware of plaque and the removal of it through brushing and flossing.
•  Take your child to the dentist regularly from an early age. By having your child become comfortable being in the dentist chair, you are helping them develop a lifetime of oral health.
•  Ask your dentist when they plan on applying dental sealants. If your dentist is not comfortable with them, find a dentist who is. The ADA along with many studies show that sealants make a significant impact for the better for your child's oral health.

Please contact us if you have any questions about cavities.


Woodyard Dental Care, PSC

Dr. Jonathan Woodyard, DMD

3235 Olivet Church Road
Paducah, KY 42001



Phone: (270) 408-1321

Fax: (270) 408-1323


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