Are Childhood Cavities Inevitable?

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Timonium parents who want their children to develop healthy habits know that they need to set the example. The “Do as I say, not as I do,” approach does not instill confidence in children.

If we want our child to exercise, we should get off the couch ourselves. If we want our child to pick an apple when he wants an afternoon snack, we better not be snacking on chips and cookies. If we routinely stay up until 1:00 a.m, our adolescent will probably not learn the importance of recharging their physical and mental batteries with restorative sleep.

What about healthy oral habits? Do our children see us brush carefully after meals? Do our children find water bottles in our car cup holders or empty sports drink cans? Do we schedule twice-yearly dental visits for ourselves and our kids? Do we wear a mouthguard when playing contact sports? Do we floss every night?

Did you know that tooth decay is the second most common childhood health problem in Maryland – after the common cold? If you have a newborn or toddler, you have a phenomenal opportunity to establish daily habits for lifelong oral health.

If every pre-teen in your Timonium neighborhood has at least a few fillings, it may seem that cavities are inevitable for Baltimore area kids. At Dr. Steven W. Haywood, we don’t believe this common notion. There is much you can do to keep your young child’s baby teeth and adult teeth cavity-free.

In fact, there are vital things to do even before your baby’s first teeth erupt. Remember not to put your baby to bed with a bottle. Wipe milk or formula off their gums with a soft, damp cloth after feeding. Don’t let your infant drink juice all day. If you want your baby or toddler to drink between meals, water is just fine.

When should you bring in your toddler for their first dental check-up? The American Dental Association recommends that a child sees a dentist before their first tooth appears or no later than their first birthday.

If your children are older and have had a lot of cavities, don’t give up. It is never too late to improve daily habits to keep teeth healthy. Even if your upbringing didn’t include an emphasis on oral hygiene, you can set your own traditions starting today.

I am dentist Steve Haywood of Dr. Steven W. Haywood in Timonium. I am dedicated to oral health for the entire family. I advise Timonium parents about tooth development, thumb-sucking, water fluoridation, dental sealants, oral sports protection, orthodontia, and much more.

My considerate dental team will make your child feel comfortable and relaxed. If you are looking for a child-friendly dentist in the Baltimore area, we invite you to schedule a pediatric dental appointment by calling 410-561-6637.

Contact Dr. Steven W. Haywood:

410-561-6637

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108 W Titanium Rd Ste 200
Timonium, Maryland
21093

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Dr. Steven W. Haywood is proud to offer outstanding dental services for patients in the Baltimore area, including dental implants and sedation dentistry! Call now to meet with him if you are in the Timonium, Pikesville, or Towson!
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Timonium, MD 21093

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108 W Timonium Rd Ste 200
Timonium, MD 21093

Phone: 410-561-6637