We’re recognizing the smiles of our young patients during Children’s Dental Health Month. Dr. Novak and Dr. Johannsen work hard to make sure patients have a healthy smile for many years to come, especially children. But chronic tooth decay continues to be an epidemic for children of all ages. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 5 children between 5 and 11 years of age have at least one untreated decayed tooth. Untreated tooth decay can result in other issues, including oral pain, difficulty concentrating, and even a lower performance in school.
Since February is Children’s Dental Health Month, we want to focus on not just how to protect your child’s mouth, but how they develop cavities in the first place. Fighting against cavity-causing bacteria is critical if you want to keep your child’s oral health protected. Once you know how this bacteria spreads, you can begin addressing it through improved habits at home.