Pediatric Dentist: Why Does My Kid Get So Many Cavities?

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Does it seem like when you take your child to the dentist every six months for a teeth cleaning and checkup they always have another cavity? Whether annual x-rays show decay within the tooth or your pediatric dentist can even see the problem, there are several reasons why some kids get cavities more often than others – and getting these cavities treated is important, even if they’re “just” in a baby tooth.

Poor Oral Health Care

Kids are not exactly known for their excellent oral hygiene techniques. Just like everything else in their world, they must be taught what’s right and what’s effective and what’s important. There are many options for improving oral health care:

  • Set a good example by brushing and flossing alongside them.
  • Brush and floss your child’s teeth for them until they’re old enough to do it themselves.
  • Supervise your child’s oral hygiene routine once they begin brushing and flossing on their own.
  • Use a toothbrushing app for kids that guides them to brush each tooth over two minutes.
  • Invest in an electric toothbrush which is more effective at removing plaque.
  • Use a variety of tools, like colorful and flavored flossers, to make teeth cleaning fun.
  • Ask your pediatric dentist for a tutorial for your child on best teeth cleaning practices.

Thin Tooth Enamel

Some people are born with thin tooth enamel. There’s nothing to be done about it – it is what it is. But knowing that this is the reality makes it all the more important to take good care of teeth and gums to prevent cavities.

You and your child may have established an excellent oral hygiene routine at home for them, but they still end up with cavities. Don’t lose hope. Baby teeth are more likely to have thin tooth enamel, making them more susceptible to tooth decay, but if this thin enamel is also present in their newly erupting adult teeth, sealants can be applied to protect the chewing surface of the teeth.

Sugar-High Diet

Fruit snacks. Bubble gum. Sticky candy. Kids who enjoy sugary, gummy treats put themselves at a higher risk for developing tooth decay. Some of kids’ favorite foods are those that latch onto teeth and in between teeth and hang tight. Without proper brushing and flossing to get these leftover food particles and bacteria out of the way, tooth decay is far more likely to develop.

If your kid loves gum, make sure they’re chewing the sugar free kind which is safer for their teeth. Even this type of gum should be chewed in moderation. If your child has a sweet tooth, allow them to indulge in ways other than with gooey, chewy candy. Chocolate is a great choice because it doesn’t linger as much on the teeth and is easy to wash off with a drink of water (but brushing and flossing are still a necessity).

Get Cavity Treatment from Your Arlington Pediatric Dentist

If you suspect that your child has a cavity and needs a tooth-colored filling, don’t wait until their next regular dental visit. Contact Dr. Alana Macalik in Arlington, TX, to schedule an appointment to be seen right away.