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Kids in outdoors - avoiding Tooth Decay with good oral hygiene habits!

Tooth decay is the result of the build-up of bacteria and plaque on the teeth. If these bacteria aren’t brushed away, they will mix with the sugar in the food your child eats and will create an acid that eats away at the vulnerable tooth enamel protecting your child’s teeth. Tooth decay can eventually cause dental cavities, tooth infection, gum disease, and even the eventual loss of the affected tooth.

Tooth Decay Risk Factors

Below are a few of the common risk factors that may make your child more susceptible to tooth decay:

  • Suffering from diabetes
  • Having a high-sugar diet
  • Dry mouth
  • Lack of fluoride
  • Exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Improper oral hygiene practices 

Avoiding Tooth Decay

The best way to help your children avoid tooth decay is to teach them and assist them in practicing good oral hygiene habits. This should include:

  • Brushing twice a day
  • Using a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste
  • Flossing at least once daily
  • Eating a well-balanced, low-sugar diet
  • Visiting Camp Little Tooth every six months for a pediatric dental cleaning and exam

To learn more about how to avoid tooth decay and dental cavities, please contact Camp Little Tooth at our Lafayette, Colorado pediatric dentistry location. Your child’s dental health is very important to us!