September 12, 2007
Nearly 28 percent of kids ages 2 to 5 have cavities in their baby teeth.
Tammy Thomas said she's been concerned about her child's oral health even before 8 –year-old Alex had teeth.
“Before they even had teeth I actually would take a rag and wipe out the inside of their mouth,” said Thomas.
According to a new study, for the first time in decades cavities are making a come back in children. Thomas said when she heard that she was not surprised, because kids are eating sugary foods more and more.
“Luckily my kids have had very few cavities one or two at the most,” said Thomas.
She added that’s due in part by cutting back on foods kids tend to enjoy most, “very rarely do I buy sodas, I minimize the sugary snacks and actually my son will pick a fruit over candy,” she said.
Doctor Kathryn Cook said cutting back on candy and making changes to a child's diet is one of the most important preventative measures a parent can take.
“Younger children tend to get cavities more so from sugar in drinks. Plus, the food now all has added refined sugar in it,” said Dr. Cook, a pediatric specialist at her own practice Children’s Dentistry with a Mother’s Touch.
On top of a sugar filled diet, bad home care and genetics can cause those unwanted cavities. Although genetics is something you can't change, getting to a dentist at an early age can help the doctor take prevent possible problems.
“We like to see children a little younger so that we can anticipate those issues and teach parents how to protect their child’s teeth,” said Cook.
Cook added it's important for parents to not over look their child's oral health it can be the start of a number of other health problems.