When you think of rotten teeth, do you visualize a scary witch with a greenish tint to her skin, long nose and a few teeth missing from her snarly grin?
Unfortunately, recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), thinking of rotten teeth now conjures up a much more disturbing image: Millions of smiling preschoolers with baby teeth ruined by tooth decay.
According to the CDC, as many as 28 percent of U.S. children between the ages of 2 and 5 suffers from rotten teeth.
Here’s how to prevent rotten teeth in your children:
- Limit those popular sugary foods and drinks.
- Drink water to rinse your mouth after eating those sugary foods and drinks.
- Even better, brush your teeth after eating those sugary foods and drinks.
- Avoid baby bottle tooth decay by never putting a child to sleep with a bottle.
- Brush and floss daily.
- Visit your dentist for regular hygiene appointments.