Saliva-transferring Behaviors Contribute To Childhood Cavities

C. Heslop

Yes, your newborn can experience tooth decay. Even though your baby's teeth are temporary, they are susceptible to cavities. Tooth degeneration is common in baby teeth, and 20% of kids aged 2-5 might have untreated cavities.

Baby bottle tooth decay and early childhood caries are critical issues. Children will lose their baby teeth. But these molars hold the space for their adult set.
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Can childhood caries disappear?

Your baby's body can heal itself. Small holes can repair themselves through remineralization, which prevents further deterioration.

A 2014 report by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists revealed shocking numbers. Almost 60% of American children experience some level of tooth decay. When the rotting got ignored, it caused infections, difficulty chewing, and malnutrition.

To aid natural closure of deteriorating molars, doctors recommend not rinsing after brushing. Immediately cleansing mouths washes away the concentrated fluoride left behind by toothpaste. Spite and leave the remaining toothpaste sud for more preventative effects.
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What are pediatric dentist prevention tips for parents?

It is okay to be affectionate with your baby.

But avoid kissing infants and toddlers on the lips when you have health issues. Babies are born without harmful bacteria in their mouths. Infants usually get cavities from their parents, especially mothers. The germs that cause tooth disrepair are contagious. Fewer saliva-transferring behaviors slow the spread.

Start good oral hygiene (brushing and flossing) habits early. Remember, children need help or supervision during brushes until they are seven years old.

Limit access to sugary and starchy foods like candy, bread, and potato chips. The ingredients in these items help bacteria grow and multiply.
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