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Did you know that tooth decay is a common problem in adults? In reality, nearly 47% of Americans who are older than 30 have tooth decay. Luckily, there are a number of actions you can take to keep your teeth healthy and strong. Brushing twice a day, flossing your pearly whites, and coming to visit our team at Union Street Dental Care every six months for a routine checkup are all things you should consider doing. Still, would you be surprised to learn that there are many things you can do to help your children avoid tooth decay?

Sadly, children are just as likely to have tooth decay as adults—but children could also have baby bottle tooth decay. Would you be surprised to learn that sugar can’t actually cause tooth decay, but it does help bad bacteria thrive in your mouth? If your little one goes to bed with a bottle full or milk, juice, or other sugary drinks, their beverage could pool in their mouth. If your teeth are exposed to these sugar drinks, your teeth could decay.

Luckily, there are a few things you can do to stop tooth decay from affecting your teeth. Of course, it’s important for you to help your child brush and floss their teeth, or to wipe their gums with a wet rag after they eat if their first tooth hasn’t come in. You should also avoid sharing utensils with your child because the bacteria that cause decay can spread between your teeth.

To learn more about tooth decay and children, we invite you to contact our team at Union Street Dental Care by calling 415-922-3886. We’ll be happy to inspect your little one’s pearly whites and to offer you specific advice. Dr. Stanley Dintcho and our team are eager to hear from you soon.