Many parents aren't aware of various routine everyday behaviors they have that contribute to tooth decay and other forms of poor dental health for their children, according to an article in the Sebeka Menehaga Review Messenger.
The paper listed some of the mistakes parents make, according to a survey by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Some of the most common mistakes stem from a lack of understanding that the presence of sugar in the mouth for bacteria to feed on is one of the key factors in causing tooth decay. Even the healthiest of snacks can result in sugar for the bacteria, as starches and other food particles are readily converted to sugar and usually stay in the mouth far longer than candy.
The article recommends water, preferably fluoridated water and not bottled water, as the only thing to drink between meals and before bed. All other drinks contain sugar which can stay in the mouth for hours.
The ADA recommends children see a dentist for a regular checkup by the age of 1. Avoiding excessive costly visits by preventing cavities is wise in this economy, especially with so many children going without dental insurance.
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