The most prevalent infectious disease in our children is dental caries (also known as decay or cavities). It is imperative to begin finding a “dental home” for a child at an early age to start the education and prevention process. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends your child’s first dental visit by age 1.
Educating dads about how cavities are formed and what contributes to that process helps prevention.
How does a cavity form? Bacteria in the mouth, specifically, mutans streptococci use sugars to grow and produce acid as a by-product. This acid, over time, demineralizes the tooth and thus becomes a cavity. Significant growth of the bacteria occurs after the teeth start to erupt (traditionally at 6-8 months) because the teeth provide a surface adherence. Thus, decreasing the sugar intake in your baby's diet as well as minimizing bacterial counts are two ways to prevent cavities.
How is cavity prevention accomplished at the infant stage?
Here are suggestions for finding a pediatric dentist: