Secrets to a Lifetime of Healthy Teeth

Posted on by Jen McGuire | Category Recare, Total Health

Healthy teeth start before we’re even born. Babies are not born with the particular strains of bacteria that cause tooth decay. However, these bacteria are quickly transmitted to the baby thru the saliva of family members by sharing food, utensils, and kisses. Studies have shown that pregnant women who chew xylitol gum thru the last months of pregnancy and during the child’s first year can delay the transmission of cavity-causing bacteria to the child. For healthy teeth, parents should clean
infant mouths and gums regularly with a soft infant toothbrush or cloth
and water. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dental Association recommend that children see a dentist by age one. These types of preventive measures could potentially help reduce the rate of childhood dental disease.

One-quarter of all 3-year-olds already have decay in process. In addition to being painful for children, cavities may impair chewing, nutrition, speech development, and development of permanent teeth. In addition to maintaining regular dental visits, children should brush, floss, and limit their consumption of sugary, acidic beverages like fruit juices. Sealants and fluoride may be recommended to prevent decay.  These treatments may also be recommended for cavity prone adults.

By age 65, 95% of adults have had decay in their permanent teeth. One of the primary causes of adult tooth decay is dry mouth, triggered by many common medications. Acidic food and drinks, as well as the presence of acid reflux, also increase the likelihood of decay. As we age, reduced dexterity from arthritis and other health conditions can make brushing and flossing difficult. Receding gums can expose the roots of teeth to potential decay. Maintain healthy eating habits and adjust your oral health care routine to keep your teeth for your lifetime.

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