How to Avoid Teeth Cavities – Dental cavities or caries in kids are small holes in the hard surface of the teeth which generally occur due to rottening of teeth due to bacteria. This bacterium emerges because of left over food substance on teeth. The bacterium laves a sticky film near the teeth area which is termed as plaque. It removes all minerals from your kids teeth enamel. Enamel is a coating of the teeth made of calcium and phosphate. This plaque causes erosion creating small holes in the enamel which slowly spreads into the dentin layer underneath the enamel where the cavity forms.
When kids are at home in lock down, they tend to get hungry every next hour. It can be effect of lock down too. When they have nothing to do, they feel they should eat something. Thus continous munching happens and kids keep on eating or something or the other. And a very high possibility of food particles staying back on teeth after the munching is over.
I Norman Pritchard digital marketing manager for Dental Specialist India, one of the best implant dentist in India will share few tips for taking care of your kids teeth when in lock down and otherwise.
Here are Few Home Things you as a Parent Must Make Your Child Follow to Avoid Cavities
Brush your teeth
All doctors suggest brushing your teeth 2 times a day, when you get up and before going to bed. Here is new study which says brush your teeth after breakfast. As post breakfast, food particles are left on teeth for somewhile which can attract bacteria.
Eating Less Sugary Food
Sugar consumed can attract bacteria in 20 seconds. The bacteria that develops from sugar turns into acid which attacks tooth enamel and breaks it down which leads to cavity.
Vitamin D is vital for teeth development in kids as it helps absorb calcium and phosphate from the food they eat. Food like yogurt, paneer cheese, milk will help in development of vitamni D. Dental caries in children can be reduced by up to 50 percent by increasing the consumption of Vitamin D. Non vegetarians can eat egg, fish, cod liver oil for Vitamin D. Expose body to sun, best source for Vitamin D.
Brush with Fluoride Toothpaste
Fluoride plays a vital role in preventing dental caries and remineralizing the enamel. As per the studies, it is said that regular brushing of teeth with fluoride toothpaste prevents cavities. Let us prove it.
As explained earlier, Plague causes erosion in enamel. We need saliva to wash away those bacteria that causes plaque in our mouth. But most of the allopathy medicines that are available in the chemist dry the mouth out to a greater extent. That’s why it’s so important for older adults to brush and floss regularly, while brushing, choosing the right toothpaste and toothbrush and their regular replacement is important. A proper brushing and flossing technique is very crucial in maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
Last but not the least; keep your tooth brushes clean. Do not forget to change them regularly.