How Do Sweets Affect Teeth?

Sweets are one of the great temptations for children. What little one does not like sweets, candies and jelly beans? The truth is that even adults love these joyous delights, but we must be aware that they can be a major problem for our children’s oral health. A good dental health prevention plan should ensure that children have a healthy and balanced diet.

While you should not permanently ban the usage of sweets and candies as this will just stop your child from enjoying the best times of their life. All we have to do is make our children responsible with how they consume sweets and how they should develop habits that help in maintaining their dental health after they eat their favorite candy.

Children also have Caries

Although children have temporary teeth, we must not forget that they are very important for their subsequent dental development, so it is even more important that we be careful with their diet and avoid excess sweets. Although we do not associate tooth decay with young children, parents should be aware that it is one of the great dangers to our children’s dental health. In addition, their temporary teeth have a much less dense enamel than that of adults, making it easier to erode.

The Role of Sugar

Caries is an infection that appears when bacteria lodged in the mouth attack tooth enamel. In addition, we must bear in mind that sugar is one of the elements that most attacks tooth enamel, so it makes it easier for bacteria to be even more aggressive and can more easily cause tooth decay. Sugary snacks, sticky candies, chews… all products that contain a high level of sugar have the same effect on the health of the teeth of a child, and an adult. Of course, we cannot eliminate them completely from our diet, but we can prevent their negative effects. Our specialists in dental health prevention will advise you how to do it.

The Importance of Prevention

Having scrupulous dental hygiene is essential to prevent sugar from having a negative effect on our children’s teeth. From a very young age we have to get used to following a strict oral cleaning routine, following the advice of the pediatric dentist. In the case of children and people with a greater tendency to suffer tooth decay, it is advisable to use a dental sealant. In this way, the enamel is kept as safe as possible from the aggression of sugars and other aggressive elements for dental health.

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What Age Should a Child go to the Dentist?

Many parents wonder when they should find a good dentist for
their child. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) recommends that
parents seek out a dentist for their child by age one, or when they notice the
first signs of a tooth erupting. Typically, primary teeth start to erupt around
six months of age.

Parents may have concerns that their child is too young to
see a dentist, or that they don’t have enough teeth. Visiting your dentist
helps to make sure baby teeth are coming in properly. Keeping a child’s primary
teeth is important until they are lost naturally.

Benefits of primary
teeth in children:

  • Primary teeth save space for adult teeth in the
  • Primary teeth help children with their speech
    development as they grow.
  • Help children to chew their food properly.
  • Promote a healthy smile, and give children
    confidence about their appearance.

It is important to start your child out right with proper
dental care. Establishing a good oral hygiene routine while they are young sets
the stage for dental care in the future. Creating a great relationship with
your child’s dentist will help the child understand how important it is to take
care of their teeth, and attend regular visits.

As part of the routine visit, our dentist will check for any
issues and monitor the development of their teeth as they grow older. Preventative
care is important to help keep your child’s teeth looking and feeling their

At Alan J. Schwartz, DDS, PC, we strive to provide
exceptional care for patients of all ages using state of the art technology,
and are a family friendly practice.

If you are interested in scheduling your child’s first
dental appointment, contact Alan J. Schwartz, DDS, PC, today.

When do you take a Child to the Dentist?

Knowing when to take your child to the dentist is important so they establish a great oral hygiene routine at an early age. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child go to the dentist by age 1, or when the parent notices the first tooth erupts. Primary teeth typically begin to erupt around 6 months of age.

Typically, dentists recommend children visit their office every six months to prevent cavities or other issues that may arise. We will discuss what the best visit schedule will be for your child during your first appointment.

If you do notice any issues with your child’s teeth erupting please bring them in as soon as possible, and we can take a look and advise if we see any issues or have any concerns.

Teaching your child the benefits of taking care of their teeth at an early age helps set the stage for lifelong oral health. We also work with parents to help them learn how to care for their child’s teeth as they grow. Taking your child to the dentist early on helps to calm any dental visit jitters for future visits when they are a bit older and tend to be more nervous.

At Alan J. Schwartz, DDS, PC, we serve families of all ages, and strive to provide exceptional service for everyone in your family. Building a relationship with our patients is important, and our team does everything to make our patients comfortable and relaxed during any appointment.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment for your child contact Alan J. Schwartz, DDS, PC today.