Research studies have shown an increase in the number of cavities in preschool-age children over the last ten years. One theory concludes that our kids are being exposed to more sugar than ever and at an earlier age. Another speculates that the introduction to the convenience of bottled water which often lacks fluoride content has something to do with the high incidence of tooth decay.

Tooth decay starts when the sugar from the foods that we eat combine with certain strains of bacteria that are found in our mouths. This mix produces the acids that attack and destroy our tooth enamel. When the enamel breaks down the bacteria can reach into the more vulnerable underlying layers of our teeth and a cavity is born.

Some children are somehow more susceptible to cavities than others. Pediatric dentists recommend that parents take extra precautionary measures in these cases. The first step is to recognize the problem. Start taking your child to the dentist as soon as the primary teeth start to come in. The dentist will be able to diagnose an inclination in children at a very young age and the sooner you know about the above-average risk the sooner you can begin to fight against it.

If you are aware of a family history of poor oral health let your dentist know about it, genetics can influence your child’s vulnerability. Call 303-835-9330 for an appointment with Dr. Kaelin of Kaelin Pediatric Dentistry in Parker.