We’ve heard it for decades: sugar causes cavities. That is true and partially accurate. Bacteria actually cause cavities, but they actually use sugar to fuel reproduction, which is why sugar gets all the blame.
Another aspect to consider is that starchy foods and processed carbohydrates actually quickly convert to sugar in the mouth because of your saliva. Saliva, along with chewing, is the first step in the digestion process.
New research discovers that the bacteria that cause decay are especially destructive when combined with yeast or fungus.
What Can You Do about It?
Dr. Ryan Smith, your Aloha dentist, welcomes children and organizes custom treatment plans based on your child’s needs. Since decay often runs in families, your dental history can help us take a proactive approach to the care of your child.
Here are some ways we help kids prevent cavities and other oral health conditions before they develop.
Good Home Care
Even if your child loves brushing his or her own teeth, they will likely need help until age nine, or so, when their dexterity improves.
Our hygienist can go over proper home care habits to ensure your child’s teeth are being thoroughly cleaned.
Unlike the old sour trays of fluoride of the past, fluoride varnish actually stays on teeth for hours. Fluoride applications help to keep enamel strong and bacteria-resistant.
It can also desensitize sensitive teeth in both adults and kids.
Kids have deep grooves in their teeth. As we age, teeth become worn and flatter. The deep grooves in molars are particularly susceptible to collecting the bacteria that cause decay. The application of dental sealants fills in these grooves, creating a barrier between your child’s teeth and food particles.
If you’re interested in an Aloha dentist who will treat every member of your family, contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. Ryan Smith.