One of your best weapons against tooth decay and other dental problems is your toothbrush. Moreover, brushing your teeth at least twice a day is recommended to keep your teeth healthy and strong. Because your toothbrush helps in protecting your teeth against plaque buildup and tooth decay causing bacteria, it is important to properly maintain its condition. In doing so, you can continue using your toothbrush while ensuring that it functions properly the way it is designed to. (more…)
Cavities are one of the most common dental issues we treat at Superkids Pediatric Dentistry. When children are young, they can develop cavities for a variety of reasons, but the most important thing is to treat them as soon as possible and taking the necessary steps to prevent them from occurring again in the future.
With four convenient locations in Sterling & Alexandria VA, and Rockville & Potomac MD, your child can get the best dental care for cavities from experienced and friendly pediatric dentists.
What Causes Dental Cavities In Children
Cavities are often caused by diets high in sugary foods, junk food, or a lack of brushing. By limiting your sugar intake and brushing regularly, you can help reduce the likelihood of developing cavities. The longer it takes for your child to chew their food, the longer the residue will stay on their teeth, which increases their chance of developing cavities.
Each time you eat, an acid reaction occurs inside of your mouth as the bacteria digests the sugar. The reaction can last for around 20 minutes. While this is happening, the acid environment can ruin your tooth’s structure and cause cavities.
The consistency of your saliva can also have an effect because thinner saliva breaks up and washes food away quicker. When your diet is high in carbohydrates and sugar, your saliva tends to be thicker, which produces more of the bacteria that cause cavities.
Cavity Prevention Tips
The following tips will help you prevent cavities:
- Reduce the frequency of your meals and snacks
- Brush, floss, and rinse regularly
- Limit your consumption of juices and sugary drinks
- Minimize sticky foods
- Eat more nutritious snacks and whole foods
If you suspect your child may be suffering from cavities, or if you would like to discuss how you can prevent cavities, schedule an appointment to talk to one of our pediatric dentists at one of our convenient locations:
5204 Dawes Ave, Alexandria, VA 22311 Phone: 703-931-4400
46175 Westlake Drive Suite 430, Sterling, VA 20165 Phone: 703-774-0014
10220 River Road, Suite 305, Potomac, MD 20854 Phone: 301-299-4400
15020 Shady Grove Road, Suite 360, Rockville, MD 20850 Phone: 301-762-2236