How do Cavities Form?A cavity occurs when sugars are converted to acid by bacteria in the mouth. The reaction takes about twenty minutes, during which time the acid environment can destroy the tooth structure, leading to cavities.
Smiles for Kids Dentistry & Orthodontics strives to provide the best pediatric dentistry in Albuquerque, NM. Call our caring staff at 505-892-9010 (West Albuquerque) or 505-299-9606 (Northeast Heights) to set up an appointment.
What are Common Causes of Cavities?Cavities form in children for different reasons than adults. Cavities in children may cause sleeplessness, fevers, irritability and reduced appetite; cavities also hinder your child’s oral development as their adult teeth grow in. Children are likely to form cavities for reasons like:
- Sugar consumption in milk, juice and soda
- Inconsistent brushing, flossing
- Early childhood caries
How Can I Prevent Cavities?To begin with, brush your child’s teeth until they are about five or six years old. From age five to ten, be sure to floss your child’s teeth. Other tips to prevent cavities in children:
Floss every day. Once all of your child’s teeth are grown, it is the small spaces in between teeth that are prone to cavities.
Reduce sugar consumption. Since the reaction between oral bacteria and sugar causes cavities, be sure to reduce your child’s sugar intake to no more than three times a day.
Visit the dentist regularly. Your child should be brought to a pediatric dentist before age two, and visit the dentist every six months for an examination.
Use dental sealants. Most pediatric dentists recommend dental sealants to protect teeth from plaque buildup.
Fluoride treatments. Fluoride treatments are simple, painless and help prevent child tooth decay.Preventing and treating cavities can be overwhelming for some children. If your child is uncomfortable at the dentist, we offer optional sedation dentistry to help them through the procedure. Nitrous oxide eases patient discomfort with little to no side-effects.