It cannot be denied that children like to eat sweet things as snacks. Candies, soda and cake are often the usual favorites of any child aiming for a mid-playtime recharge. The big problem is if there are too many sweets in a child’s diet without proper oral care, then they will eventually develop cavities. The current problem in the country’s oral health is the large amount of children suffering from cavities.
The American Dental Association recently changed its policies on the usage of fluoride with infants to deal with the cavities that often develop in young children. Instead of waiting until they are two years old, parents are advised to use fluoride toothpaste as soon as babies start teething, although only in small amounts. A recent article on AssociationsNow discusses the reason the ADA decided on this change:
A rise in cavities among very young children caused the ADA’s policy change. More than 16 million children suffer from untreated tooth decay each year, a huge burden on both them and their parents; they miss millions of hours of school and work as a result.
“Approximately 25 percent of children have or had cavities before entering kindergarten, so it’s important to provide guidance to caregivers on the appropriate use of fluoride toothpaste to help prevent their children from developing cavities,” Dr. Edmond L. Truelove, who chairs ADA’s Council on Scientific Affairs,said in a press release.
The spread of cavities in children has highlighted the need for specialist pediatric dental care for children. A pediatric dentist in East Cobb would greatly help in servicing the area’s children in terms of oral health. A regular dentist may seem enough, but children require a bit more attention to them than their adult counterparts.
Specialized dentistry for children in East Cobb can be provided by Dr. Brent Herrin and others like him who have been trained in pediatric dentistry. Their offices are also specialized to handle the needs of their young patients, with playrooms and welcoming staff to make their visit as comfortable as possible. The oral health of children cannot be overestimated and trusting it to qualified professionals assures them of bright smiles in their future.
(Source: Dental Group: Start Kids Brushing Early To Prevent Cavities, February 18, 2014)