Question: My child doesn’t eat any candy or sugary drinks or foods, so why does he need to go to the dentist?
This is a question that many parents have, especially those who don’t allow their children to have any junk food, candy, or sugary drinks. But the truth is, junk foods and candy aren’t the only cavity causers for children. Some parents might think that it’s ok for a child to have some cavities because their baby teeth will eventually fall out, causing the cavities to go with them. This isn’t necessarily the case.
Cavities don’t just come from candy. The bacteria that builds up to cause tartar and cavities can come from any type of sugar found in carbohydrates that are common in many infant and toddler foods like juices, milk, cereals and crackers.
It’s important to take your child to the dentist starting at around age 1. This is when your child will have his first few teeth. A dentist will be able to ensure that a baby’s teeth are coming in properly so that your child will be able to eventually chew and talk properly, and to monitor the teeth for signs of plaque. If a baby or toddler has a cavity that is left untreated, it can turn into a much bigger problem such as an oral infection.
If you have any questions about your child’s teeth, or when you should start taking your child to the dentist, contact the professionals at DentaLux PA today!