Risk of Tooth Decay for Kids under the Age Of 5

In the recent years, there has been a surge found in the number of tooth decay cases in children under the age of 5. In England, dental care for the children under the age of 18 is free. Dentists there report about the thousands of children come to their offices to get their decayed teeth removed. And the number of cases increases every year.

According to a survey, 9,206 extractions were carried out in the children younger than 4 year between March 2015 and April 2015. A decade ago, this figure was 7,400. Population growth can also one of the major reasons in this regard but there is no denying the fact that proportion of cases with respect to the population has also increased.

There are some reasons for which the occurrence of cavities is quite higher in children. Some of those reasons are worth mentioning in this regard.

Sugar consumption

Foods available these days are usually high in sugar. It usually starts during infancy. Mothers mostly prefer giving their children formula. While formula may be a nutritious option, it contains sugar in an amount which can lead to bacterial misbalance in the oral cavity of the younger fellow.

The children who get their primary teeth erupted usually tend to feed on something other than just milk. There are so many dietary options for the parents here. However, it is unfortunate that most of the amount of sugar with most of the options is not taken care of. For instance, there are processed foods available for the small children. These processed foods are not only sugary but also starchy. While the amount of said ingredients in the organic foods is something which is not going to bother oral health of the kids, these ingredients are more than what’s required in the processed foods. So, you will have to make sure that you are limiting the consumption of these foods in children if you are not finding any way to completely banish those foods.

Apart from the processed foods, there are some natural foods too that can cause cavities. Certain fruits are too sugary for many children. However, not every child gets cavities even from the most sugary of the fruits.

What needs to be done?

The first thing you will have to ensure here is the oral hygiene of your child. You will need to clean the gums of your baby because they can have bacterial misbalance in their oral cavities even though they do not have teeth. You do not need to brush the gums in this regard. A wet rag should be enough to do the cleaning. As soon as the first tooth erupts, you need to shift to brushing of the tooth. There are finger brushes available that you can use to clean the oral cavities of your children. As the child grows, you can teach them about taking care of their oral hygiene.

Moreover, you need to take your children to the dental visit after every six months. These dental visits can help you make sure that your child is not having any oral and dental health issues.


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