We love seeing our young friends at Oakfield Dental! We believe that starting good dental habits and establishing a comfortable environment are extremely important at a young age. Come visit our kid-friendly office complete with great flavored dental supplies, sunglasses, tooth necklaces, and prizes! Bring them in as early as age 1!
Baby teeth are important!
Avoid the trap of thinking that baby teeth will “just fall out.”
Decayed teeth can cause pain and infections (abscesses). Extracting teeth prematurely due to decay can cause problems with speech, crowding, configuration of teeth, and development of bones. Baby teeth help guide permanent teeth into the right spot. If baby teeth are decayed, it is more likely that the following permanent teeth will be, too. Early childhood cavities are the most common disease in children and are responsible for the most missed school days.
Tips to keep your baby's teeth healthy
•Keep the gums healthy by wiping with a clean cloth,...
Sugar does cause cavities, but we aren't saying that you have to avoid it all together.
Let's say you tend to drink a whole gallon of orange juice in one day.
Follow these tips to help reduce your risk of cavities:
Drink the orange juice in one sitting and during meals rather than one sip every 20 minutes.
Drink from a straw. Straws prevents the sugary juice from touching all the surfaces of your teeth.
Rinse with water afterward. Water helps wash away some of the sugar and also neutralizes the acid.
What increases your cavity risk are the habits when consuming the sugar-rich and acidic orange juice.
Cavities happen when the natural bacteria on teeth digest the sugar we eat and produce acid that decays teeth. The bacteria can only digest a certain amount of sugar at one time, so even though you feed the bacteria a whole gallon of orange juice at one time, the bacteria gets full and only digests a small percentage of that orange juice and so it only produces t...