Mouthful of cavities in young children

(WEAU) - Cavities, cavities, cavities. Not many like hearing that word, especially 31-year old Sarah Maurer who has a 6 1/2 year old son who now has about eight cavities.

“He brushes everyday; he started brushing before he was two. He uses floss, he brushes, he uses mouth wash every single night” said mother Sarah Maurer.

A New York Times report shows that dentists are seeing an increasing trend of preschoolers with cavities.

It says many preschoolers now have 6 to 10 cavities or more.

Dr. Benham of Family Dental in Eau Claire says that after being there for sometime now, all he sees are kids with decay.

“It seems to me that every kid has to have something to drink on all day long,” said Dr. Neal Benham.

Although parents are giving well balanced meals and showing their children how to floss and brush, sometimes cavities can still arise.

“I showed him how to floss, I watch him do it, I at least once a week will help him go back over his teeth to make sure he got everything, next time we brought him in they said he had 5,” said Maurer.

Dr. Benham says that the best way to prevent cavities is to start brushing your child's teeth when they first come in.

"He knows he gets his bedtime snack, he takes a shower and flosses, brushes rinses with his mouth wash," said Maurer.

"Kids that snack on sugar foods all the time, things like fruit rollups, things that have a lot of sugar in them generally promote decay," said Benham.

Benham also said that getting a child off the bottle by age one helps and that young kids should start using fluoride toothpaste when brushing.

"Start with a very small amount however and the kids will do just fine," said Benham.

“Its very frustrating to feel that you’re doing everything that you can, your doing everything that you were told to do and yet somehow it’s still not working,” said Maurer.



 
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