Many parents happen to overlook the overall health of their baby's teeth. The truth is that you must start brushing their teeth as soon as they come in and keep up with it. It doesn't matter these teeth will fall out, the body needs a good foundation for the best oral health.
The Alliance for a Cavity Free Future (ACFF) is dedicated to preventing cavities in children around the globe. In this year's focus, they're bringing recognition to the dangers of sugar and the cavities it can cause in little teeth. Young children are highly susceptible to cavities brought on by sugar and should only indulge sparingly, if at all.
Keeping sugar consumption at zero for kids ages two and under can lead to lifelong benefits. Kids older than two shouldn't have a ton of sugar either. Serve more water and less juice. Make small changes to limit sugar consumption.
The Fourth Annual World Cavity Free Future Day is being celebrated on October 14th. Launched as an annual campaign this year's theme takes on sugar with the cute hashtag, #babiesaresweetenough to remind parents babies don't need any additional sugar.
According to the World Health Organization, 60-90% of all school-age children suffer through a cavity. It's even worst for adults with almost 100 % of us having cavities. With those numbers, we must be doing something wrong with our oral health care. Cavities are the most preventable health condition in the world. In 2010, the costs for dental work for children under the age of five was 1.5 billion.
Not only is it costly but preventable dental pain will affect quality of life. Children miss school, adults lose pay from missing work, and millions have to deal with unnecessary pain. Good habits should be adopted early and include brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
But back to money. Many families struggle to cover the costs of additional dental care. This is even truer in less developed nations. There, dental work is often left ignored due to a lack of doctors and the cost. Teeth are often pulled when they cause too much pain.
Fluoride is needed to protect your teeth. Though controversial, it's a naturally occurring mineral that helps your teeth rebuild their natural enamel keeping them shiny. Flossing is another must too to remove plaque buildup and other debris from your gums. All of this gunk you pull out is actually the source bad breath and cleaning out will also help prevent gingivitis and gum disease. Floss at least once a day.
Educating people, children especially, on the dangers of sugar is also key. Sugar is hiding in just about every food we buy at the grocery store. Cooking more at home and limiting sweets are some easy changes you can make.
Oral health disease is a global problem. The ACFF has chapters across the globe with health professionals, dentists, and other educators spreading the world of good oral hygiene. Don't make the mistake of introducing sugar to baby not enforcing twice daily brushing.
Just because the teeth are new, doesn't mean they can't be hurt from lack of care.