Over the last 18 months, we have all become well aware of the effects of COVID. We have learned how the virus affects adults and children. We have learned how it transmits between individuals. We have learned how hard it can be to quarantine.
This new disease came about and we all worked so hard to try and stop the spread. We wanted to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the effects of this virus. But, are you aware of another prevalent chronic disease that affects our children?
You might be thinking obesity, diabetes, whooping cough, or even asthma. But, according to the American Dental Association, the most prevalent disease affecting our children are CAVITIES!
Children’s teeth are covered in more sugar today than they have ever been. So much of the food we eat each day contains sugars and starches. Some of those foods might surprise you, including:
According to John Hopkins Medicine, the normal bacteria that lives in everyone's mouth combines with the ingredients in these foods forming an acid. That, along with the saliva in your mouth, cause plaque to form. The acid and bacteria work together to break down your tooth's natural enamel, which eventually leads to cavities.
Now think about the last time your child brushed their teeth. (Hopefully it was sometime today!) Did they brush well? Did they brush for two minutes? Did they get all their teeth? Did they remember their tongue?
If your child’s habits are poor, they could be increasing their risk for cavities and overall tooth decay. The CDC says dental decay in children from 2 to 5 years old in the United States has increased 15.2 percent. Those statistics are staggering. To help lessen the chance of your child having tooth decay, consider these simple changes:
Make sure they brush their teeth well, twice a day, for two minutes.
Form a habit of flossing each day.
Limit sugary drinks and other foods high in sugar.
Get a professional cleaning twice a year, if possible.
Teach them correct habits through your good example.
These simple habits will help your child with their overall oral health. The younger we can start teaching them how important it is to take care of their teeth, the better chance that they won’t be dealing with the effects of poor oral health in their adult life.