Lakeforest Dental Associates
Dr. Neil Daftary and Dr. Robert Zaner

Why So Many Kids Struggle with Tooth Decay

November 29, 2017
|
Posted By: Dr. Daftary
children's dental cleaning | kids dentist in gaithersburg

Did you know that cavities, or tooth decay, is the most common chronic disease in children? It's true! Surprisingly, it is actually four times more common than asthma. Why do so many children suffer from tooth decay? There are a few reasons such as:

  • Poor brushing and flossing habits
  • Excessive consumption of sugary beverages such as sodas or juices
  • Snacking on sweet treats or carbohydrates like chips, crackers, or bread

How Parents Can Help

Parents should monitor their child's brushing and flossing habits until at least the age of 7 or 8 years old. Ensure that your child is brushing for at least two minutes twice per day, and flossing at least once. Parents may have to demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques and even help their child brush their teeth.

Limit the sugary foods and beverages your child has access to throughout the day. Encourage them to drink water as it will not only hydrate them but also help to wash away food particles and debris.

Make sure they have access to healthy snacks and encourage them to eat more fruits and vegetables. These will help to neutralize the acids in their mouths that cause tooth decay, while also increasing saliva flow. Encourage children to choose fruits and vegetables for their snacks.

Leading by example and modeling these behaviors yourself is a great way to help your child. When they see you brushing and flossing regularly, and eating healthy snacks, they are likely to follow suit.

Regular Visits With Your Gaithersburg MD Dentist

It is crucial for your child to visit their dentist in Gaithersburg every six months just like you do. This will not only get them feeling comfortable at their dental appointments but also help to monitor their oral health and development early on so parents can be proactive about any concerns.

If you have questions or concerns about your child's oral health or need to schedule their next appointment, contact your team at Lakeforest Dental Associates today.

 
Related Blog Posts
October 9, 2019
End-of-Year "Use It or Lose It" Dental Benefits

The end of the year is fast approaching. Have you made the most of your dental benefits?  If you have any benefits remaining, there’s still time to use them before you lose them! 

From cleanings to cavity fillings, or even getting started on more complicated dental work, we can help you maximize the dental care you are still eligible to receive based on your coverage. 

Don’t wait until it’s too late—call us today at 301-330-8787 to schedule your appointment before the holidays are here!

April 19, 2019
Cutting-Edge Technology for a Better Dental Experience
Dentist with XRay | Modern Dental Technology in Gaithersburg

At Lakeforest Dental Associates, we offer the latest dental technologies for excellent diagnostics, better patient education, and comfort, and to provide fantastic outcomes. We simply want you to have the best dentistry in Gaithersburg, MD!

Digital Sensors Provide a Clearer Image

Digital sensors provide a safe and comfortable x-ray experience for you. ...

October 17, 2018
Is Bad Breath Plaguing You? Here Are Some Helpful Solutions
Woman Covering Mouth | Bad Breath Solutions in Gaithersburg MD

Bad breath is embarrassing to discuss with other people, but it's even worse when you have it! There are many factors such as the foods and drinks we consume, lifestyle habits, and even stomach acid that can negatively affect our breath. Luckily, there are a few measures you can take ...

If you have difficulty using our website, please email us or call us at (301) 330-8787
View the ADA Accessibility Statement