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Have you heard that one of the biggest risks to children’s health is tooth decay? While patients of any age can develop tooth decay, children tend to be more susceptible than adults. In fact, children between the ages of 14 and 17 are more likely to develop tooth decay than asthma, while a quarter of children between 1 and 4 years and 60% of 12 to 19-year-olds suffer some degree of tooth decay.

Tooth decay originates in the tooth enamel or the protective outer layer of your teeth. Tooth enamel can be worn away from eating, especially if you brush your teeth within 30 minutes of consuming acidic food. However, this is not an excuse to skip brushing your teeth, and the tooth enamel can remineralize if given time.

There are some steps you can take to help your child protect their smile from tooth decay, such as assisting your child in brushing their teeth for two minutes twice a day. Your child may need your help in brushing their teeth until the age that they are also able to tie their own shoes. You can help your child cultivate healthy tooth care habits by letting them watch you brush your teeth and explaining the importance of good oral health. We encourage you to reduce sugary foods and drinks in your child’s diet and take them to the dentist every six months for dental checkups.

To learn more about protecting your child’s smile from tooth decay in Portland, Connecticut, contact Waterview Dental Group at 860-342-4141 today and arrange a time to speak with Dr. Tae Chul Ho.