Children's Dentistryin Albuquerque, New Mexico

Tooth decay often begins at an early age, making young children particularly susceptible.

Nearly half of 2-11-year-olds have experienced tooth decay while 32% of kids between 9 -11 years old display cavities in their permanent teeth. Major contributing factors to this public health problem include baby formula with added sugar and heavily-sugared fruit juices. Even breast milk can cause cavities in baby teeth because of the natural sugars present.

Care for baby teeth should begin as soon as the first tooth appears. We recommend that you bring your child in for an exam no later than his or her first birthday. And regular six-month checkups from then on will put kids on a similar schedule to most adults. We can monitor your child for dental problems while customizing preventive coaching to fit specific conditions.

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As a parent, some early steps can help guard your child against tooth decay, even before the first dental visit:

Your baby's teeth should always be flushed with water or wiped down with a damp cloth after feeding, especially before they fall asleep. Milk or formula residue left in the mouth can promote decay even in the youngest patients. Untreated cavities can eventually lead to pain and infection.
Try to wean your child off breastfeeding or bottled milk by age one year. This effort helps avoid decay and minimizes the chance of jaw growth problems from excessive sucking.
Begin brushing as soon as the first tooth appears. Even a small piece of tooth showing can develop a cavity. Start by brushing with a soft bristled brush and water, and ask your dentist when it's ok to begin using a small amount of toothpaste.es the chance of jaw growth problems from excessive sucking.
Once your child is old enough to begin brushing on his or her own, continue to monitor their brushing, going back to clean any areas they may have missed.
Don't give bottles of sugary drinks or milk before bedtimeUse a straw with sugary beverages to allow the teeth to have less contact with the liquid.
Try to limit the overall sugary foods your child eats and drinks.
A few tips

For Maintaining a Healthy Mouth

Brush and floss twice a day

Consistent daily habits remove sticky, bacterial plaque that starts the cascading events that lead to decay, gum disease, and other health problems. If you don't like to floss, consider toothpicks, brushes or the magic of a Waterpik.

Brush for at least two minutes each time

It sounds like a long time, but it makes a difference. Consider an electric toothbrush with a built-in timer, or setting a timer on your phone.

Rinse your toothbrush thoroughly

Bacteria linger on your toothbrush, finding their way back into the mouth at the next use.

Keep sugary drinks, starchy foods, and desserts to a minimum

Foods high in starch and sugar provide fuel to bacteria. Despite diligent brushing and flossing, sugary and starchy foods serve as catalysts for decay. Be moderate, and avoid snacking between meals.

Drink sugary liquids through a straw

A straw helps keep sugar from bathing the teeth directly before swallowing.

Drink water after eating a meal

Swishing with water helps clean larger deposits of food from your teeth. Plus, we all could use a little more hydration!

Get cavities treated immediately

Cavities rarely hurt until they reach a critical stage. And don't forget: a little bit of tooth decay eventually becomes a little bit more.

See a dentist every six months

The risk of critical dental problems diminishes significantly if you're visiting us twice a year. Patients that fit preventive dentistry into their budget typically enjoy fewer dental expenditures over time than those who wait for emergencies to develop.