Here are three immportant things to know about children’s dental health, from the team at Hales Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch.
1. Tooth Decay Is The Most Common Childhood Disease
Over 4 million preschoolers have decay. Another grave fact; tooth decay in young children is on the increase.
Why? There are several conditions. Many young diets contain more sugar. Fewer children drink water that has been adjusted for fluoride levels. Many families don’t have dental insurance to help pay for care.
2. Tooth Decay Bacteria Can Spread
In a way, tooth decay is contagious. Bacteria that cause tooth decay is in the mutans streptococcus family. The bacteria mix with sugar. This mixture creates a powerful acid. The acid reduces the calcium in tooth enamel. When the bacteria stays on teeth, it generates a yellowish substance called plaque. Plaque is brutally effective at drilling into tooth enamel.
Mothers, fathers, siblings, and caregivers can transmit the bacteria to babies. Of course, youngsters can get decay if they don’t have this bacteria. But the presence of it boosts the risk.
3. Weakened Enamel Can Repair Itself (Up To A Point)
If the teeth are constantly assaulted with juice, milk, and snacks, the enamel never has a chance to remineralize. The juice, milk, and snacks create dangerous acid. Acid and plaque weakens the enamel and may cause a white spot. This is a sign of mineral loss. It’s the first step in the formation of a cavity. At this point, you can reverse the mineral loss. Minerals in saliva and fluoride help enamel re-mineralize.
At Hales Parker Dentistry in Ladera Ranch, our general and family dentistry helps parents keep their kids’ teeth healthy. People from Mission Viejo, Las Sorres, and San Juan Capistrano bring their kids to us for checkups. We also offer cosmetic dentistry, and much more. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!
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