Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children even though it is preventable. Developing good brushing habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits gives children a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Good oral hygiene practices such as thorough brushing with a fluoride toothpaste can help keep children from getting cavities.
A steady diet of sugary foods and drinks can ruin teeth. This is especially true among those who snack throughout the day. When sugar is consumed over and over again in large, and often hidden, amounts, it provides food for bacteria on the teeth. These bacteria produce acid which can eat away the teeth’s enamel. Consuming too much sugar can also affect your overall health, contributing to becoming overweight/obese, getting heart disease or type 2 diabetes.
Reduce your risk of tooth decay by:
Good brushing and flossing habits include brushing your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each time. Brush your tongue, too! This removes germs and helps freshen breath. Follow brushing with flossing to clean the surfaces between the teeth. Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months – sooner if the bristles are worn out or you’ve been sick.
RAHS provides preventative dental services in partnership with Mott Children’s Health Center in Genesee County, and in partnership with Smile Mobile Dentists in Washtenaw County. Learn more about our services here.